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Gateshead's Chase Park to officially re-open

Posted on Wednesday 6 September 2017

Local community group Friends of Chase Park and Gateshead Council celebrate the completion of a £1 million National Lottery project with community fayre.

Gateshead’s Chase Park will officially re-open on Saturday, September 23 following the completion of a £1 million restoration and development project.

The project at the historic local park in Whickham was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.

The Mayor of Gateshead Cllr Pauline Dillon will cut the ribbon to officially re-open the park at a celebratory community fayre, which will run from 11am to 3pm in the park, with stalls and attractions from various community groups and food outlets. The event is being organised by local group Friends of Chase Park, who have worked together with Gateshead Council over the last five years to successfully bid for National Lottery funding.

Chair of Friends of Chase Park, Alan Scott said: “It’s been a very long journey but we are absolutely thrilled that the works are now complete and the park has been given this much needed facelift. So many people have worked hard to get to this point and I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts.”

The park’s new features include:

  • Restoration of the listed windmill, entrance gates, paths and ornamental garden
  • Replanting of flower beds and trees
  • Remodelling and enhancement of the toddler play area
  • Resurfacing of the tennis courts and new table tennis installed
  • New junior play area and inclusion of skateboard park
  • Outdoor gym/trim trail
  • Development of community garden
  • New benches, signs and interpretations of heritage points of interest

Established in 2009, resident-led Friends of Chase Park are dedicated to the protection, promotion and enhancement of Chase Park and will continue to look at ways to further improve the park and develop new opportunities within the park for the whole community to enjoy.

FoCP Chair Alan Scott added:  “Part of the National Lottery project was the recruitment of a part time community liaison officer to work with the Friends and other local groups, to engage with the community and develop the future use of the park. We are always in need of volunteers so if you’d like to get involved in future projects including community garden planting, park monitoring for anti-social behaviour, local history projects or park events and activities, then please do get in touch.”

Cllr Linda Green, Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering, said:  “This is a great local park and this project will benefit the whole community.  It also protects the park’s heritage for future generations.  It’s a wonderful example of where local communities and volunteers have come together to bring new life to the park.”

On behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, Ivor Crowther, Head of HLF North East, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in the transformation of Chase Park, a lot of hard work and support has gone in to making this project a success. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re delighted to support the regeneration of parks across the North East as spaces for wellbeing and communities and protecting vital connections to nature and heritage. Chase Park is a fantastic example and we look forward to celebrating its bright future.”

If you would like to get involved with future Chase Park plans please contact the community liaison officer Brian Pollinger on 07525 889 696. Join our conversation, visit and ‘Like’ the Friends of Chase Park Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest news and events. 

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