STOCKTON will receive a skate plaza and playground under a Newcastle council plan to breathe new life into the sububr.
The region-first plan will add a playground, skate plaza and water features on the foreshore west of the ferry terminal.
The concept plan, which goes on public exhibition from Wednesday, was inspired by Stockton primary school students.
It will feature elements nodding to the city's industrial history including docks, a crane, sand dunes and scaffolding.
Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the plan would be “a social and economic game changer for Stockton".
"Griffith Park has long needed some clever urban design to activate its open expanse and I believe this hub fits the bill,” Cr Nelmes said.
The $1.25 million project will be partly funded by section 94 developer levies from Newcastle and Port Stephens councils.
In 2016, primary school students at St Peter's Primary School, Stockton, requested a playground for Griffith Park in persuasive letters to council and invited council officers to view models they had built.