Plans on track to completing park revamp

Northumberland Park in North Shields'Picture by Jane Coltman
Northumberland Park in North Shields'Picture by Jane Coltman

A BMX track is the latest and final addition to a multi-million pound makeover of a North Tyneside park.

Northumberland Park, in North Shields, has attracted residents and visitors to its woodland, gardens, pond and bowling green since it first opened 130 years ago.

It re-opened to the public earlier this year following a multi-million pound revamp by North Tyneside Council.

And the final part of the project will be finished when the BMX Pumptrack opens from October 23.

The track, near the park’s revamped children’s play area, features ramps, twists and turns, and is suitable for BMX bikes, mountain bikes, scooters and skateboards.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Since the park re-opened earlier in the year, our visitor numbers have boomed and the feedback has been brilliant.

“There has already been a lot of people asking us when the BMX Pumptrack is opening so I hope it’s enjoyed by many this half-term holiday.”

Other work to revamp the park has included restoring lost Victorian features; an archaeological dig; creating a sculpture trail; and general planting and landscaping.

A new cafe, The Glasshouse Tea Room, also opened there at the end of June. The new building, which also has a community education room and toilet facilities, stands in the central area of the park.

Those using the BMX track are encouraged to wear protective gear while using the track, including a helmet, gloves and pads.

Visitors to the park are reminded that the track does not open until Friday and they’re asked to stay off the area until then for health and safety reasons.