A range of brand new and refurbished recreational facilities have been unveiled at a Stockton park this week.
The Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman, officially opened the ‘Sport in the Park’ facilities at John Whitehead Park in Billingham yesterday, Tuesday 29 July.
Work is now complete on the £320,000 project which has seen the refurbishment of existing facilities as well as the installation of a brand new BMX and skatepark and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA).
The design for the BMX and skatepark has been developed by user groups and professionals. The new addition to the park will provide young people and adults with a place to practice all kinds of wheeled sports and to socialise.
The park’s tennis courts have also been totally refurbished and upgraded with Billingham Tennis Club undertaking the management of the courts. The club will provide training and coaching sessions.
Stockton Council developed the ‘Sport in the Park’ project in John Whitehead Park in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including Billingham Town Council.
Funding for the new sports facilities has been secured from a number of sources - £41,000 from SITA Trust, £131,500 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities programme, £20,000 from Provident Financial, £4,000 from Billingham Town Council and the remainder from Stockton Council.
The Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman said: “What a fantastic range of new facilities for everyone to enjoy. I am 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.”
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, said: “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.”
The improvements to John Whitehead Park are part of the wider regeneration plans for Billingham Town Centre.
Earlier this year, work started on a £2.7 million combined library and customer service centre in Billingham. The state of the art facility will bring together the town’s main public library, customer services for Stockton Council and Tristar Homes, a cash office and Billingham Town Council’s headquarters all under one roof.