Funding for North Marine Park
Plans to restore one of South Tyneside’s best-loved parks have been given a funding boost after securing £2.4million of National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore the historic North Marine Park back to its original Victorian character.
This support, as well as an earlier National Lottery development grant of £194,000, means that South Tyneside Council and the Friends of North and South Marine Parks group can work together to bring forward detailed plans for North Marine Park. These will seek to restore the park back to its Victorian character for future generations to enjoy.
Key elements of the project include creating better links between the park and Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall as well as improving the area round the Lawe Top which, as the park’s highest point, acts as an incredible viewing platform for the stunning coastline and harbour.
The plans also include restoring original features such as the grotto and the promenade staircase as well as introducing new features such as a play area. Improvements to lighting, seating and the bowling area are also planned, as well as special art installations.
It is expected that work will start later in 2018 once planning permission has been granted and a contractor put in place.