Park flying high

Sport in the Park at Billingham's John Whitehead Park. The official opening of new facilities in the park
Sport in the Park at Billingham's John Whitehead Park. The official opening of new facilities in the park
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A HOST of new and refurbished sporty facilities have been unveiled at a park.

Visitors to John Whitehead Park in Billingham can now perform hair-raising stunts on a new BMX and skatepark and multi-use games area (MUGA).

The park’s tennis courts have also been refurbished and upgraded as part of the £320,00 Sport in the Park Project.

Project chiefs say the new additions to the park will provide young people and adults with a place to practice all kinds of sports on wheels and to socialise.

They were officially opened by The Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman.

Coun Inman said: “What a fantastic range of new facilities for everyone to enjoy.

“I was delighted to have been invited to officially open the completed Sport in the Park project and meet some of the people who have been involved in developing the project, as well as members of the wider community who will benefit from the new facilities.”

The scheme has been developed by Stockton Borough Council developed in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including Billingham Town Council.

The design for the BMX and skatepark was developed by user groups and professionals and Billingham Tennis Club is managing the upgraded courts and will provide training and coaching sessions.

Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, added: “John Whitehead Park is already a popular, well-used park and I am certain these extra first class facilities will attract even more people there.

“We have worked closely with both stakeholders and members of the community to develop Sport in the Park and I would like to thank them all for their hard work.”

Funding for the new sports facilities was secured from a number of sources including Billingham and Stockton Councils, Sport England, the SITA Trust and Provident Financial. They are part of wider regeneration plans for Billingham Town Centre.