October 2019 Update: The Stockton Playground has been reopened as of October 1 and sand has been removed and replaced with various softfall flooring.
The new Stockton playground and skate park has just opened and it’s amazing. Dubbed the South Stockton Active Hub, it’s located in Griffiths Park in Stockton next to the ferry terminal so really easy to access if you’re coming via ferry.
You’ll easily spot the playground as you approach by ferry or car. With great play equipment and skate facilities plus fantastic harbour views of Newcastle, it’s going to be a favourite with both kids and adults.
The Active Hub consists of two separate sections. The playground featuring sand fill is one side and the concrete skate plaza is on the other.
The playground suits a variety of ages. There’s a small play equipment for active toddlers who like climbing and going down small slides.
For kids who like to climb, there’s climbing nets and spiderwebs to clamber on.
There’s a really cool revolving rope spinning swing that seats four kids. The kids were having fun spinning and then falling off.
There’s also the two flying foxes that have a great view of Newcastle Harbour.
A popular play item was the scoop and pulley system in which kids could scoop and dump sand.
The two-storey slide is a hit with the kids and had a constant stream of kids climbing up to slide down
Dividing the playground and skate park are shelters and barbecue facilities so parents can watch one kid play in the playground and another in the skatepark. The grass is a nice touch and feels great underfoot.
Although there’s two large sheltered areas, seating is limited so bring picnic blankets or folding camp chairs. We’re predicting this will be a popular choice for kids birthday parties with the barbecue and picnic facilities.
The skate park is set up as a street-style skate plaza and is popular with kids on scooters and skateboards.
It features handrails, angled ledges, an A-frame kicker, zig zag ledge and a half pipe.
NwK Verdict: It’s a fantastic harbour front playground and skate park. Great spot to enjoy the harbour views. Additional shaded seating areas would be appreciated as we predict it’s going to be popular.
Things to know
Address: Griffith Park, Hunter Street, Stockton NSW
Ideal Age: Toddlers, Preschoolers, School Age Kids, Teens
Public Toilets: Yes
Water Fountain: Yes – there’s two.
Picnic Facilities: Covered picnic areas
BBQ: Yes – 2 Hotplates
Parking: Free on Hunter Street or in parking lot near Ferry Terminal
Public Transport: Catch the Stockton Ferry from Queens Wharf in Newcastle. Connects to Light Rail Stop – Queens Wharf if you’re coming via Newcastle Interchange.
Nearby Cafe: General Washington Hotel is nearby on Hunter Street if you want lunch. There’s additional coffee spots on Mitchell Street.
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