Construction started on a new playground and skate park on the Stockton foreshore on Friday.
Newcastle council said it had redesigned the “active hub” to take up less space in Griffith Park in response to residents’ concerns about noise.
The original playground design, which was 140 metres long, has been rearranged into two parallel rows to reduce its length.
A spokesperson for council said the redesign had not changed the $1.9 million price tag on the facility, which will include a flying fox, slides, climbing nets, swings and skate ramps, as well as a barbecue, shelter and picnic table.
It will be finished in mid-2019.
Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the space would draw more people across the Hunter River to the Stockton peninsula.
"This new playground will help to revitalise the Stockton foreshore by creating a vibrant, healthy and active outdoor-friendly space for the community," Cr Nelmes said.
"We fielded submissions about a range of issues relating to the playground and skate plaza and, where possible, the concept plan has been amended to address them.”
The playground has also been moved closer to the water to reduce noise impacts on Hunter Street residents.
"The active hub precinct will be built adjacent to existing outdoor sporting fields and recreation areas, allowing for adults and children to eat, play and socialise at their leisure,” Cr Nelmes said.
The project was funded in part by a $450,000 grant from the state government’s Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.