WORK has begun on transforming one of North Tyneside’s best-loved beauty spots.
Borough mayor Linda Arkley was joined by pupils from Wallsend’s Burnside Business and Enterprise College on Monday to cut the first sod of grass to mark the start of work at the town’s Richardson Dees Park.
A total of £7.2m is being spent on doing up the park – part of which will be closed during the works – thanks to a £2.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund’s Parks for People project.
Work lined up includes an extension to the park pavilion to include a new café and toilets, an extension to the park lodge, restoration of the bandstand and fountain, resurfacing of the tennis courts and refurbishment of the bowls pavilion and bowling greens.
Mrs Arkley said: “This is the biggest piece of work ever to be undertaken at one of our parks.
“It will completely transform Richardson Dees Park, delivering a fantastic recreation destination for all to enjoy.
“This project is a real boost for Wallsend and the borough as a whole.
“This is a real community-led project, and my thanks go to everyone who has played a part in bringing the work to this point.”
The revamp, expected to take about a year, will be carried out by Kier North Tyneside.