New pavilion opens at popular Bedlington park

A new community pavilion has been opened at a popular park in Bedlington, as part of an ongoing programme of improvements.
The new facility in Gallagher Park has been funded by Northumberland County Council along with a contribution from the Sports Lottery through Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
The pavilion provides changing rooms for players and officials, a function room and kitchen, toilets (inside and outside), and a large store room for equipment.  
It will be available to use by the sports clubs that use Gallagher Park and will also be used by the Friends of Gallagher Park, and other community groups by arrangement.
Current users of the pavilion include the Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League senior footballers, Bedlington United Junior footballers and the  Barnsbury Cycle Club, who train on the adjacent BMX track on a weekly basis.
An official opening event last week was attended by representatives from Northumberland County Council, East Bedlington Parish Council, West Bedlington Town Council, the Friends of Gallagher Park, the local football teams and the cycling club.
Councillor Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, said: “We think public health is very important.
“We are investing in leisure facilities, park facilities and footpaths to encourage people to get out there, be fit and be healthy.”
Ward Councillor Val Tyler is also cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at the council.  She said: “The park is open twelve months of the year and it’s on the doorstep.
“We now have this amazing facility in Gallagher Park which is available for all the community of Bedlington to use.”
Bedlington Central Councillor Alyson Wallace added: “This is a great example of investment in the area.
“The facility is great for the town, and especially for those who enjoy informal leisure.”
The total cost of the development so far is £670,000, with the council investing £534,000 and Sport’s Lottery contributing £136,000 via Sport England.
Further plans are also being draw up to enhance the park with improvements to the children’s play area and the development of new walking routes around the site later in the year.
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