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Walker Park Open Meeting - Can You Help?

Posted on Jul 05 2015
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Walker Park gatesOriginally laid out in 1888, the park has seen some changes over the years with many of the original features including lake, bandstand and original pavilion having been lost. However the park remains one of the few surviving features from the industrial period in Walker. The park has also been the setting for events such as the Walker Community Festival, East End Fireworks and World in Walker, and activities including Sunday league football and bowling club.

Friends of Walker Park Open Meeting

The next 12 months will see some exciting changes in Walker Park, thanks to a grant from the heritage lottery fund and investment from Newcastle City Council. There will be a number of changes to the facilities in the park and the Robert Burns statue will be returning and improvements to the war memorial and Amphitheatre will be made. Improvements will also be made to entrances, footpaths and boundaries in the park, as well as upgrading of park furniture.

We are looking to establish a friends of group, to help raise the profile of the park and act as a voice for park users. An open meeting is being held on Saturday 11th July 2015 at 11am in the Walker Park Centre (previously known as the playcentre).
The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss how the friends of group would like to function and potential activities that the group could undertake.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to be involved with the Friends of Walker Park Group, please let the park ranger Katherine Knox know and Katherine will keep you up to date with the group and any future developments.

Looking Forward: Looking Back – Peoples stories from Walker Park

Burns StatueWalker Park is about to see some exciting changes, but as we look forward to these exciting times for the park, this is also a great opportunity to look back, and record people’s stories, memories and photographs from the park.

If you have any stories, memories or photographs of Walker Park that you would like to share, please get in touch with Katherine, the park ranger. By collecting people’s stories, memories and photographs (Katherine can photocopy them and return the original) of the park we can create an archive for future generations and we will share what we collect in an event once the major works in the park are complete. We are interested in hearing from people of any age, with stories from 1888 to the present day.

Contact Details

Katherine Knox (katherine.knox@newcastle.gov.uk or 0191 2812082)

 

Last changed: Jul 06 2015 at 6:38 AM

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