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Park to make a splash as new feature opens

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member responsible for parks; county councillor Eileen Cartie and local families enjoying the recently re-opened water feature in Ridley Park at Blyth.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member responsible for parks; county councillor Eileen Cartie and local families enjoying the recently re-opened water feature in Ridley Park at Blyth.

A town park is looking to make a splash this summer after a new feature opened.

The water feature at Blyth’s Ridley Park is now operational for youngsters to enjoy.

The water jet will be displayed daily from 10am to 6pm – thrilling young visitors and adding an exciting element to time spent in the park over the summer months.

Local county councillor Eileen Cartie was joined by local families to launch the re-opened facility.

She said: “I am delighted the water park is up and running again.

“I am sure that many children will come along and enjoy this and everything else that Ridley Park has to offer.”

Northumberland County Council has experienced a number of unforeseen difficulties with the equipment which runs the water feature, but is pleased it is up and running for the summer holidays.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member responsible for parks at the council, said: “We know how much this feature is valued and so we have been very frustrated not to have been able to launch it before now.

“We have been doing everything that we can, but have had to wait for essential parts to come from the manufacturer.

“We have given the system a full overhaul and are now very hopeful that it will run smoothly over the coming summer months.”

Ridley Park, in Belgrave Crescent, offers a range of other facilities including tennis courts, a children’s play area, a café, and maintained open green spaces.

 

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