Major improvements are all set to kick-off at an Ashington park.
Two projects at Hirst Park are set to get underway as part of an ongoing programme of investment in parks and playing fields by Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland.
Hirst Park House, the former park-keeper’s house at the entrance to the park which is run down and currently empty, is to be renovated and re-occupied by a member of the council’s grounds maintenance staff.
As well as improving the appearance of the house and park entrance it will also help with maintenance and security by ensuring a staff presence both day and night.
And with the help of a £38,000 grant from Sport England, a £78,000 football pitch drainage and improvement scheme will be implemented over the next 12 months to improve and increase the number of pitches.
Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, said: “This new work will further enhance the security on the site as well as improving the quality and number of football pitches at the park.
“Ashington has a fine tradition of producing world-class footballers and hopefully some of the stars of the future may start their playing careers here at Hirst Park.”
Leanne Beattie, leisure strategy & development manager at Active Northumberland, added: “This work will further enhance our sporting facilities in the area.
“There’s always a big demand for good quality playing surfaces and the investment work in the area will allow for much improved football facilities.”
Proposals are also being developed for the replacement of the current derelict football changing pavilion at the park.