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.