Foreshore Park Precinct


City of Newcastle (CN) is developing a Harbour Foreshore Masterplan for the Harbour Foreshore Precinct within Newcastle’s East End. The Masterplan will create a blueprint to reinvigorate this important community precinct, including a new inclusive playspace that will be developed with our Partners, Variety the Children's Charity.

The Masterplan will recommend options for future uses and management of the park and foreshore precinct, in line with current and future community needs and expectations.

When complete, the Masterplan will enable CN to commence a long-term revitalisation project that will help meet the City's vision to deliver a world-class harbour foreshore precinct.

Consultant's Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), in partnership with local firm Bosque Landscape Architects, are working with CN to prepare the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan. As part of the project, CN is also working collaboratively with Variety the Children's Charity to establish options for an inclusive playspace and to promote inclusive play by enabling children of all abilities and ages to play side by side.

Phase 1 of CN's community engagement to assist in creating a vision for the Masterplan concepts was held from 9 June to 12 July 2020.

The Phase 1 engagement process built on previous community consultation which was undertaken by CN as part of a Plan of Management for the foreshore precinct in 2015.

Phase 2 community engagement reviewed preliminary concepts for Foreshore Park while gaining a detailed understanding on the way Newcastle's residents use Wharf Road. The engagement included several drop-in sessions at various locations across the city. The engagement was held from 16 February to 5 March 2021.

See the Harbour Foreshore Have Your Say webpage for the engagement outcomes.

A Harbour Foreshore Community Reference Group has been formed to assist communication between CN and the Newcastle community as the Masterplan develops.

Three CRG meetings have been held to help guide the development of the design as it increases in detail and complexity.

The CRG has been a vital sounding board to ensure the balance between community expectation and operational needs become a realisation in the final masterplan.

Next steps

The project team are consolidating CRG and stakeholder feedback into a draft Masterplan. The draft Masterplan will be placed on public exhibition early to mid-2022 for community review and feedback.

The playspace will commence detailed design to maintain grant funding commitments after overwhelming support by the CRG and stakeholders on the playspace intent. This phase of design will be complete by summer 2022.