New playground to be installed in Gladstone Memorial Park

Media release - 28 August 2018

Following feedback received from the community, Kempsey Shire Council will soon progress with Stage One of the Gladstone Memorial Park upgrade.

Residents had the opportunity to provide feedback on concept plans for a proposed upgrade of the children’s playground, the amenities block and footpaths at the Gladstone Quality Markets in May as well as through Council’s engagement website, Your Say Macleay.

Council’s Acting Coordinator of Civic Services, Katy Rogan, thanked residents for taking the time to provide their feedback.

“Overall we received positive feedback and support from the community about the proposed upgrades for the park”, she said.

“Stage one will see the installation of new multi-use play equipment, two swing sets and two spring riders as well as landscaping works, with construction expected to start in late October after the Gladstone Quality Markets.

“The existing play equipment will remain in place so that the community can still utilise it until the installation of the new equipment is completed.”

Stage two of the project is expected to commence in 2019 and will include a new amenities block, featuring three unisex cubicles, connected by an open breezeway and handbasin stand. One cubicle will be fully accessible with a baby change station.

The design of the new amenities takes inspiration from the heritage of the local area and will be relocated within the park to maximise the space and allow for safer, more accessible access.

The upgrade is being funded by a $175,000 NSW Government grant. The Gladstone Markets Committee has also supported the project and donated $12,000 towards the upgrade with Council contributing a further $225,000

For more information on the project go to 

Concept designs of the new children's playground equipment to be installed in Memorial Park Concept designs of the new children's playground equipment to be installed Concept designs of the new children’s playground equipment to be installed
A concept design of the new Memorial Park amenities blockA concept design of the new amenities block