Prudhoe youngsters are in the swing at new park

23 Oct 2017


A fantastic new children's play park has opened in Prudhoe - in time to be enjoyed by local and visiting children during the half term holiday.

The brand new area has replaced an outdated facility in the town’s Eastwoods Park.

Northumberland Council Council and Prudhoe Town Council worked together with local school children and residents to come up with a colourful and inclusive playground, with equipment from play specialists Wicksteed.  

A separately fenced toddler area has swings, a roundabout and climbing frame; and a further area has equipment for older children including an aerial runway, a hurricane swing, and a mizzen mast and climbing net.  

The park has been jointly funded by Northumberland County Council and Prudhoe Town Council at a total cost of £80,000.

Local Northumberland County Councillor Gordon Stewart said: “I'm absolutely delighted that the two councils have been able to work together to achieve such a fantastic new play area for local children.  It has been long-awaited and is going to have huge benefits for the whole of Prudhoe.  What’s been really pleasing is that the children from Adderlane Academy are the ones that actually decided upon the equipment to be used here.”

Emma Potts, head teacher at the academy said:  “We were thrilled to be asked to help with planning for the play area.  Equipment suppliers visited the school, and the children were able to put their points across. I think what’s especially encouraging is that some for the equipment is quite challenging for the children and and their physical development is really going to be enhanced by using this park.”

Cllr Gerry Price, mayor of Prudhoe, added:  “I am delighted to have been able to help to open this new play area.  We’ve had a lot of help from local residents and the town council and county council have worked together to get it into place.  There was a need for a good quality park for families in the area, and that’s what we’ve produced here.”

Cllr Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council said: “The is a great example of the county council working with the local community to develop a project to meet local needs.  I am sure that the play park will be enjoyed by many local children in the coming weeks, months and years.”