Southern Green is delighted to have helped its local council, Gateshead, and the Friends of Chase Park secure a grant of just under £1million (£922,900) from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund, to restore Chase Park in Whickham. This means that to date Southern Green has helped local communities secure over £27.0m worth of HLF funding. On hearing the news of the successful bid, Alan Scott, Chair of the Friends of Chase Park commented - Many thanks Simon (Green), this is fantastic news. Can I as chair pass on my sincere thanks to you and all of your team, for all of your hard work, dedication to the cause and more importantly the information, advice and guidance you all have given on both parts of the bid. I personally look forward to working with you in the future.
The Chase Park project is likely to set the tone for future park projects in that it is founded on localism, the project being instigated by the Friends Group. Localism combined with the public service commitments of Gateshead Council form the basis of a formal partnership agreement between The Friends of Chase Park and Gateshead Council which sets out the future management and delivery of sustainable activities for the park.
The project will focus on the conservation and restoration of heritage features whilst improving this much loved park as a leisure facility for the whole of the local community. Restoration works will be carried out on the listed windmill, entrance gates, footpaths and the former Whickham House Garden. The existing under 8's play area will be remodelled and sand and water play will be introduced, a tennis court resurfaced and new facilities provided including a teenage play area, skatepark, an outdoor gym and a community orchard and garden.
Works are proposed to start in January 2016 and complete in the summer of 2016.
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