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Friends of Chase Park was set-up in 2009 to look at how we could develop the park to ensure it benefits the whole community. Pulling together key user groups such as residents and service providers to represent all views.
The general maintenance of the park remains good, but the infrastructure is in need of improvement as it has deteriorated in recent years.
A feasibility study, carried out in July 2012 by the Landscape Architects Southerngreen, set out a plan to bring the park back to its full potential, and expand the facilities in the park to attract more families and different types of park users.
There is potential to carry out a range of restoration and enhancement works as well as provide increased resources within the park.
Preserving the heritage of Chase Park is an integral part of Friends of Chase Park’s bid for HLF funding. Our plans include restoration of the parks historic features and original design, and if successful the HLF funding will help us protect and preserve the parks heritage, leaving it in a better condition for current and future generations to enjoy.
The historic Grade II listed windmill at the top of King George’s Field is a key point of interest within the park. Thought to have stood on this spot for over 300 years, it is the only mill of this type still standing in the Gateshead area. Various plans to regenerate this historic monument have been suggested over past years, but with no success.
Our plans include bringing down the earth mound that surrounds the mill to reveal the original entrance and putting in an iron railing, which will allow people to see inside. They also include erecting information panels on the heritage of the mill, so that visitors can learn about the role it played in our local history. We see this as a project the whole community can get involved with. Not only in asking the public for their stories and photos to be displayed on the boards but as a great way to encourage schools to visit the park and educate the wider community about our local history.
Other elements of the plans that will preserve the heritage of the park are the proposed enhancement to the entrance gates on Rectory Lane. Resorting the pillars and bringing the gates back to their original design will not only reflect the heritage of the original Whickham Chase Estate, but will make the park’s main entrance a more prominent feature within the heart of the village. This intern will encourage more visitors into the park.
The attractive gardens of the former Whickham House also contribute greatly to the character of the park. Our plans to open up the ornamental sunken garden to allow through access from the heart of the park, will encourage visitors to explore the planting and mature woodlands of the southern side of the park. More seating in this area, will again provide opportunity for community engagement on designs, and allow visitors to linger and enjoy this more tranquil area within the park.