Newcastle City Council playgrounds set for overhaul at Carrington and Hamilton North

Two parks in the Newcastle local government area will be rebuilt in the coming months as part of Newcastle City Council’s asset renewal works program. 

New playground designs have been released and are set for construction in Hamilton North and Carrington, in March and April respectively. 

The $150,000 works follow design consultation with local communities and feedback ascertained from previous park upgrades across Newcastle.

Playgrounds at Mayfield West and Wallsend were unveiled last month after being completely rebuilt, and upgrades in Cooks Hill, Tarro and Elermore Vale have helped shaped design features.

"They really liked what we did last year at Centennial Park in Cooks Hill, so we've included a lot of timber and steel to create that same aesthetic," Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said of Carrington’s design. 

The new parks have been designed with an adventure focus, in a shift away from “sterile” playgrounds of years gone by.

"Kids love that sense of adventure these new playgrounds inspire," Cr Nelmes said. 

"Safety is always a top priority, but it's about finding an appropriate balance between keeping children safe and letting them have fun and push their limits a little bit."

Construction on a new $1.5m playground at Blackbutt Reserve is also set to commence in mid-2018. 

Newcastle LGA has 119 playgrounds and up to five are upgraded each year as part of the asset renewal works program.

The next round will be announced in the 2018-19 financial year.