Work on the new Islington Park playground has begun. The existing equipment has been removed and construction is underway on the new area, which will include a climbing net, swings, spinning play items, water play feature, low climbing walls and a junior play structure with slides and rope play. Areas have also been prepared for a new children’s cycleway and two new picnic shelters.
Construction on the new playground is expected to be completed (depending on weather) by the end of August. For more information go to the City of Newcastle’s website.
The Islington Park playground working group met on 21 May to discuss options for a proposed upgrade.
Over $210,000 has been committed by the former NSW Labor Government and The City of Newcastle for an upgrade of the children’s playground in Islington Park, and a process of community consultation has been underway since September 2010 to ensure the needs of playground visitors are addressed through the upgrade.
On Saturday 21 May around 15 members of the Islington Park playground working group met to discuss preferred options for the upgrade. Susan Denholm from the City of Newcastle’s Place Making program and Amber from Council’s Landscape Architecture section met with the group to discuss a range of options and costs.
Some of the priorities identified were new equipment for a range of ages and abilities, incorporation of climb-able sculptures and structures for kids young and old to enjoy, landscaping and/or fencing to provide a barrier between the playground and the footpath/cycleway, and shade and seating for parents.
The environmental values of Throsby Creek and the surrounding area will provide an overall theme for the playground, incorporating natural and recycled materials where possible; and the skills, expertise, and imagination of local residents will be drawn on throughout the process to ensure this addition to Islington Park reflects the character, diversity and creativity within the community.
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Newcastle residents and visitors are being invited to provide their input on what they’d like to see in the future of Islington Park.
Throughout January, Newcastle City Council is working in conjunction with local residents and community groups in Islington, Tighes Hill and Maryville to gather ideas and volunteers within the local community to help inform a masterplan for rejuvenating the park.
To have your say and find out how you can be involved in shaping the future of Islington Park, go to the Newcastle City Council website and complete a short questionnaire before 11 February 2011 .
Newcastle City Council are currently undertaking community consultation to inform a plan for Council investment into Islington Park.
Up to 70 local residents attended two facilitated workshops in September and October 2010, and gave their thoughts on what they’d like to see happen in the park. Four key themes emerged from the workshops: the children’s playground, environmental issues, public art, and community events.
Representatives from the Islington Village Community Group and Tighes Hill Community Group volunteered to collect further information from the local community to help determine the top priorities within these key themes for Council investment. A brief online survey has been set up to help achieve this aim and will soon be available from this website.
If you’d like to receive notification when the survey is available, subscribe to receive posts via this website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to provide your ideas in person, drop by the Islington Markets at Wickham Park this Sunday (28 November) and speak to a member of the Islington Village Community Group, or come along to the IVCG meeting at 6.30 pm Wednesday 1 December at Islington Public School.
Jodi McKay with IVCG Coordinator Paul McBain and media liaison Phoebe Trongchittham.
State Member for Newcastle Jodi McKay came along to the October meeting of the Islington Village Community Group to discuss a range of issues affecting the Islington community. They included proposed plans for the expansion of the coal port, urban renewal in Newcastle West and public safety initiatives in the Islington area. Documents relating to these issues will be posted on this website in the coming days.
Robert Denton from Cardiff also gave the group an insight into the work he’s done in recent years tackling graffiti across the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie LGAs. Please report any new graffiti you see to your local police station or call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 so that it can be removed as quickly as possible. Damage to public property should be reported to the Newcastle City Council Graffiti Hotline on 1800 223 840.