Young people pick play equipment for Hadston Park
24 Feb 2017
When trying to decide what sort of play equipment to install in the new Hadston Community Park, Northumberland County Council decided to call in the experts by holding a drop-in session to ask young people for their views.
This week (Tuesday 21), Northumberland County Council’s parks and green spaces officers met with local children in Hadston House to discuss play equipment options for the park.
The children were given a fixed budget and a range of play equipment they could choose from which would be suitable for children from 7 years of age upwards.
Council officers also worked with the local youth groups to discuss layout options for the skatepark, and a drop in session was held for the wider community so that residents could see the final proposals for the park.
The exciting plans to transform the site of the old Druridge Bay Middle School into a community park are now in the final stages, and work will soon be starting on the site.
The community scheme will amalgamate the current play park in Hadston with the former Druridge Bay school site to create a large community space which will incorporate new and refurbished equipment for locals to use.
Plans include an expanded children’s play area, skateboard facilities, wildlife habitats, tree planting, walking routes and car parking. It is intended that the existing Multi Use Games Area, BMX track and football pitches will be retained.
Local ward member and Northumberland County Councillor Scott Dickinson said: “ I’m
really pleased that the young people in the community were able to chose the new play equipment. They know best the type of equipment that will make the area really special and fun.
“The younger members of the community have been involved in the project from the start and have been very enthusiastic throughout the planning process. I am sure the park will be a big hit with local children and I hope, they will feel a real sense of ownership for it.