The toilets will be closed due to Covid19.
The Friends of Chase Park are a constituted community group which aims to promote and protect the wellbeing and enjoyment of the park for the benefit of the local community. It was set-up over two years ago by people who live and work in Gateshead and are motivated to keep the park in Whickham as a place where the young and old can enjoy fresh air, exercise and participate in recreational activities in a safe and pleasant environment.
With the help of Gateshead Council the Friends have carried out extensive consultation with the community to understand the needs and wishes of the park users and those of the wider community. As part of this study Southerngreen Chartered Landscape Architects consulted local primary schools, councillors and the wider community. Their findings were displayed at the Whickham May Fair held in Chase Park eliciting much interest and enthusiasm from the local community. We would be delighted to welcome new members into the Friends group, the more people who are involved the better it will be for the whole community.
Friends of Chase Park are forging ahead with Gateshead Council and the Heritage Lottery to develop the park, for the local community.
Chase Park Needs Your Help
The Friends of Chase Park are working closely with Gateshead Council and the Bowling Club to Asset Transfer the Bowling Pavilion and toilet area in the park over to the Friends to administrate, so that we can maintain the facility for the continuing use of the community.
As the Current Heritage lottery project that saw the development of the park equipment and the introduction of new paths and flowerbeds comes to an end, the Council will continue to cut the grass and maintain the tree areas within the park, but the planting and maintenance of the flowerbeds and other areas of the park will become the responsibility of the Friends and will be done by our wonderful and enthusiastic volunteers, working closely with the Council.
The Friends of Chase park are all local volunteers: to support this work we have applied for grants and have been given some funding from places like the Community Foundation and to raise income we hold events in the park, particularly the May Fayre, the cinema night, and the Fun Dog Show. However, the success of these is largely dependent on the weather and the running costs are often more than we raise. We feel it is important to keep the park looking well cared for so the community can enjoy it and this is where we desperately need your help to develop a regular income to the park, so that it can remain an attractive, safe, and welcoming green space in the centre of Whickham.
We will, in the very near future, be opening a kiosk in the park, serving drinks and snacks which will hopefully provide some income, to assist with the maintenance of the flowerbeds, planting of bulbs, leaf clearing, and litter picking which is all carried out by volunteers. The toilets are also opened and cleaned by volunteers on a rota basis, but we hope to be able to employ local professional cleaning services so they can be consistently kept at a high standard.
For this to be achieved, your support is vital. One suggestion is to ask people who want to support the park to make a monthly payment by direct debit of £1 (or more) per month so that with a regular income we can plan accordingly. This can be done by logging on to our website www.friendsofchasepark.co.uk and clicking the donation button. Alternatively, one off donation can be made in the same way. We would welcome your thoughts on this. Of course, we will continue to explore all funding opportunities and hold fund raising and community events and would welcome your suggestions.
If anyone is interested in volunteering in any capacity, we would be delighted to hear from you.