Work has begun on the multi-million pound restoration of North Marine Park, on South Shields’ seafront.
The £3.2million scheme will reinstate some of the historic park’s original Victorian features as well as introducing new elements.
The work, which will be carried out by Esh Construction, will be undertaken in phases, meaning the park can remain open to visitors.
The first phase will focus on restoration of the grand promenade staircase and surrounding area, including new paths, terrace, landscaping and street lighting. This will involve major earthworks to regrade the existing steep embankment.
The project, which is expected to take around 12 months, will create better links with Littlehaven Promenade and improve the area around the Lawe Top, which as the park’s highest point, acts as an incredible viewing platform for the coastline, harbour and mouth of the river.
It will also involve creating a new themed play area, which will reflect the Borough’s maritime links and Roman heritage, and restoring the park’s original features such as the grotto. Improvements to the park’s open areas, lighting, seating, footpaths and bowling area are also planned.
The project has been supported with a £2.4m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).
There are also plans to develop interpretation features and art work installations at the performance area, grotto and site of the former Victorian pilot lookout, Trinity Towers, as well as create an event programme and ‘pay to play’ activities such as pitch and putt and bowling.;
For further about information the plans to restore North Marine Park visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/northmarinepark.
Anyone interested in joining the Friends of North and South Marine Parks and getting involved in the restoration project can email the group at [email protected]