Grant to renovate centre’s outside space

Landscape designer George Scott showing kids at The Meadows in North Shields the final plans for their new play area to be created by the centre. Pictured with him are (l-r) Mason Gunn, Eve Saunders and Litisha Davison.

Landscape designer George Scott showing kids at The Meadows in North Shields the final plans for their new play area to be created by the centre. Pictured with him are (l-r) Mason Gunn, Eve Saunders and Litisha Davison.

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A community centre in the borough will have its outdoor space overhauled thanks to a £50,000 grant.

Meadow Well Connected, in North Shields, has teamed up with the Cedarwood Trust, Phoenix Detached Youth Project and the Avenues Youth Centre to apply for the money from North Tyneside Council’s Play and Youth Strategy.

The funding will pay for the regeneration of the ball courts at the centre which will include plans for a flood-lit multi-use games system, outside dance floor, a youth shelter and a crazy golf course.

Chief officer at Meadow Well Connected Paula McCormack said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this money.

“It will mean we can strengthen what we have, and create a gated area so it opens up to another rarea with an outside dance floor, hopscotch, a slide, and lots of other things.

“It is a community facility and we want to encourage families to come and be together.

“In amidst the doom and gloom, it shows there is something positive happening in the area.”

Volunteer George Scott, designed the plans for the look of the build which will begin next week.

It is expected to officially open in August.

The centre has also received £5,000 from the Port of Tyne’s Community Foundation to create a Youth Internet cafe in the centre, with new tables and chairs and computers.