Councillors’ delight at the latest addition to popular park in town

A new £80,000 play area has been opened at Gallagher Park in Bedlington.

Friday, 2nd August 2019, 1:28 pm
Updated Friday, 9th August 2019, 4:26 pm
Councillors, Friends of Gallagher Park members and local children.

It is the latest development in a number of improvement projects at the park over the last few years that has seen the construction of a BMX track, downhill mountain bike trails, a new sports and community pavilion and promoted walking routes.

The creation of the new play facility was funded through Northumberland County Council's parks enhancement programme, along with county councillors Bill Crosby, Russ Wallace and Jeff Gobin.

Other funding contributions came from the Friends of Gallagher Park and West Bedlington Town Council.

Gallagher Park is also home to woodlands, wildflower meadows and large green spaces.

Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services, said: “This is a lovely park with woodland walks and great playing fields, but the play area was very run down.

“We’re delighted that this brand new facility has opened in time for the summer holidays.

“Our parks are focal points for local communities of all ages and we’ve worked closely with ward members, the Friends group and the local town council to ensure a first-class play area here for generations to come.”

Further improvements are in the pipeline. For example, the Friends group is about to carry out woodland management on the hill to improve views over surrounding countryside.