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Community works together to enhance park

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Thornaby park is in the running for nearly £50,000 worth of investment.

Residents living in the Acklam Road area of the town and officials from Thornaby Football Club have joined forces to bring Teesdale Park into wider community use.

The 'Friends of Teesdale Park' are working with Stockton Council to apply for a Groundworks Community Spaces grant to enhance the park.

The money would be used for new fencing and a gate, a teen shelter, picnic benches, viewing points, fitness and wildlife trails and wildlife information signs.

The bid has reached the second stage and now the group want to know what the wider community think about the proposals which would encourage people living nearby to use the park and take part in activities that will make them more active.

Manager of Thornaby Football Club, Ray Morton has been coordinating the community's efforts, he said:

"It is fantastic that we have such a wonderful asset on our doorstep and it is vital that we bring it back into community use so that many future generations can enjoy it.

"I'd like to thank all of the people of Thornaby who have helped so far and would like to encourage other residents to get involved. We would be particularly interested to hear what they think about our proposals as we really want the park to become a facility that will benefit the whole of Thornaby."

If the bid is successful young people from Thornaby Academy will work with the Friends of Teesdale Park to develop a website and advertising materials. The Academy is also hoping the students will be able to use the fitness trial and orienteering course as part of their Outdoor Education Curriculum.

Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Access and Communities, Councillor David Coleman, said: "It is fantastic to see the community rallying together to make sure the park becomes a focal point for the community.

"It really shows what can be achieved when communities work together.

"I wish the 'Friends of Teesdale Park' the very best of luck and support with the bid and I look forward to see the Thornaby community enjoying the park in future."

Earlier this year, the 'Friends of Teesdale Park' secured over £5000 from the Eastern Area Partnership Board for a mobile classroom which can be used by local schools.

The group has also worked with Stockton Council to apply for £8000 from the Big Lottery's Community Wildlife fund. This money is being used to create a new walk way as part of the Thornaby Nature Trail Project.

Anyone who would like further information about the Teesdale Park proposals or who would like to let the Friends of Teesdale Park know what they think about the proposals should contact Sophie Richardson in Stockton Council's Partnership and Engagement Team on 01642 526026.

On Monday (13 December) Stockton Council launched the My Community campaign which encourages residents to follow in the footsteps of groups like the 'Friends of Teesdale Park' and play a more active role in their communities. To find out more about making a difference through volunteering and community engagement opportunities visit