A CONCEPT that City of Newcastle says would increase play space in Foreshore Park eightfold is open for public comment.
The council said the proposal includes a fenced accessible and inclusive playground "the size of eight basketball courts" as well as a water play space that would include a representation of the harbour's original shoreline.
City of Newcastle said the plan was the result of a year's consultation and would include community gardens, open areas for skaters and allow for versatility around major events.
It also includes a cultural heritage walk and would replace the Frog Pond with new links to the city's Indigenous past.
Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that the local community's valuable feedback has been reflected in the draft plans.
"Now more than ever, we value our open spaces and parks, and this project is a great collaboration between City of Newcastle, Variety the Children's Charity and our community which will transform the Harbour Foreshore into a more inviting recreational space and major event venue for everyone to enjoy," she said.
In a council statement Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee's Luke Russell said he was really pleased there would be a "significant increase in the representation of Guuri culture" under the plan.
The accessible playground, dubbed Variety Livvi's Place, and will use funds announced by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro in February under Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund grants to partially fund the project.
Community engagement is open until February 26 through the council's website.
A draft master plan will be exhibited later this year.