New Druridge play area opens in time for Bank Holiday
24 Aug 2018 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
Local children have been celebrating the the new and improved children’s play area at Druridge Bay Country Park - which has opened just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.
The new play area incorporates a variety of equipment suitable for toddlers to young teens, including a roundabout, seesaw, swings, a shark springer, forest lake boat, agility equipment, and a 4.5m high central climbing feature called the ocean dome
The £130,000 upgrade was funded by Northumberland County Council and forms part of a wider scheme by the authority to significantly improve facilities in its three country parks - Druridge Bay, Plessey Woods and Bolam Lake.
Earlier this year the council agreed to invest almost £1m to provide a range of improvements and upgrades including improved paths and parking, play areas and enhancements to visitor centres.
Northumberland County Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services said: “
Our country parks are very special places where children and families can socialise, exercise and have fun. We are making a significant investment in them and are committed to ensuring they remain an attractive place to visit and spend time in.
The original play equipment at Druridge Bay was dated and worn out so it is wonderful to see the new play area finally open. I am sure it will make such a difference to children and families both locally and those who visit from further afield.”
Local ward County Councillor Scott Dickinson said: “I welcome any investment in the area that will benefit visitors to our beautiful Druridge Bay Country Park. I am sure the new play equipment will be well used by lots of families who visit the area and locals alike.”
Druridge Bay Country Park comprises three miles of beautiful beach, sand dunes and a large freshwater lake surrounded by woods and meadows.
It attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to walk, relax, picnic or take part in sports.