Work has started on an eagerly-anticipated play site and sculpture trail at a North Shields park.
One of the final stages of the restoration project at Northumberland Park is the refurbishment of the old site with new state-of-the-art equipment.
Since the park reopened this year, we have received fantastic feedback, but I know they’re keen to see the playsite and sculpture trailMayor Norma Redfearn
Within two age-appropriate areas – a junior area and a part for younger children – there is going to be a new zip wire, swings, an embankment slide and a multi-play unit.
Also starting to take shape is a sculpture trail, with a number of trees and logs carved into different characters like trolls, a giant snail and a huge monkey.
There are also small doorways appearing at the base of trees all around the park.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Since the park reopened this year, we have received fantastic feedback, but I know they’re keen to see the play site and sculpture trail.”
“They’re a wonderful and very important addition to the much-loved park and I am delighted the work is underway.
“We recently created a sculpture trail in Wallsend’s Richardson Dees Park, which has proved extremely popular, and I hope that visitors enjoy this one just as much.”
Once the sculptures at Northumberland Park are complete, the council will be asking families for story suggestions for a tale to bring the sculptures to life.
With their help, a colour booklet will be produced, which will be available for free, and will lead families through the picturesque location.
The trail is due to be finished at the end of spring and the playsite will be opening in early summer. Work also includes landscaping the areas.
Also due for completion during the summer months is the new tearoom, community centre and a BMX Pump track.
The project has also included an archaeological dig, which found the outline of a medieval hospital; restoring or replicating lost Victorian features; a new bandstand; improvements to the bowling green and general planting and landscaping.
All the improvements will be celebrated at a family event on August 8, 2015, to coincide with the 130 year anniversary of the original opening of Northumberland Park.