Popular park’s £200,000 revamp is almost complete

PROGRESS: Councillor Ken Dixon and Peter Stephenson of Able UK at John Whitehead Park in Billingham
PROGRESS: Councillor Ken Dixon and Peter Stephenson of Able UK at John Whitehead Park in Billingham
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THE transformation of a popular park is almost complete thanks to a £200,000 project.

Stockton Borough Council’s Heart of the Park’ project, funded by Able UK, has provided the finishing touches to the overall regeneration of John Whitehead Park in Billingham.

With spring and summer fast approaching, John Whitehead Park represents a fantastic leisure opportunity to all generations.

Councillor Ken Dixon

Improvements include the installation of new street furniture, creation of an events area and a seating area around the cafe. And more equipment for children has been added to the play area.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “The finalisation of the improvements to John Whitehead Park is fantastic news.

“The developments will benefit all users of the park including the people of Billingham and the many residents who visit from across the borough.

“With spring and summer fast approaching, John Whitehead Park represents a fantastic leisure opportunity to all generations.”

Recycling firm Able UK contributed to the project, and others, through the Government’s Landfill Communities Fund.

Executive Chairman Peter Stephenson said: “Obviously, as a company based in the region and with our headquarters in Billingham, we are delighted to support the Heart of the Park project, which will help to complete the regeneration of such a well-used and popular local facility.”

New signs, alongside an information centre, will make the attraction more accessible.

The latest works are on top of last year’s £320,000 Sport in the Park scheme, which saw the refurbishment of the park’s tennis courts, skate and BMX areas.

Stockton council wants to hear from residents who may have any old photographs of John Whitehead Park, as they look to build a picture of the park’s history.

Anyone interested should contact John Beeley, heritage development officer at the council, on (01642) 528843 or email john.beeley@stockton.gov.uk.