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Play space refurbishment scheme

Find out about the play space refurbishment scheme - our programme of work which improved play areas and skateparks across the county.


New government guidance means you are now able to meet outdoors, in our parks, in groups of up to 30 people. This is in addition to outdoor exercise, which is already permitted.

To reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus, please continue to practice social distancing when meeting with others outside of your household or support bubble and wear a face covering in our indoor spaces.


What was the play space refurbishment scheme?

It was a two year, £1.75 million investment programme to provide youngsters with high quality, safe and accessible play equipment/areas and/or skateparks.

Work for the 45 schemes, which were developed in line with our Fixed Play Strategy, was agreed by the council's Cabinet in July 2015., and was carried out in four phases.


Funding was from a number of sources including the council, developer Section 106 contributions, cllrs' Neighbourhood Budgets, Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) and some town and parish councils.

What was being re-furbished?

Existing swings, slides, climbing frames and other play equipment was restored.

Play areas were made more accessible - for example ground flush roundabouts were installed to allow wheelchair and pushchair access and skateparks were improved, replacing old steel equipment with modern concrete designs.

Phase one


  • Consett Academy Skate Park
  • Crookgate, Burnopfield
  • The Chains, Durham City
  • St Lukes, Sedgefield
  • Jobson Terrace, Stanley Crook
  • Town Park, Willington
  • Stainton Moor, Startforth
  • Barnard Castle
  • Annfield Plain Park
  • Richmond Road Park, Newton Hall
  • Wharton Park, Durham City (play space refurbished as part of a major work scheme)
  • Holliday Park, Langley Moor (play space refurbished as part of a major work scheme)
  • Snows Green Road, Shotley Bridge
  • Recreation Ground, Coundon Stake Park
  • Glenholme Park, Crook Skate Park
  • Holly Terrace, Catchgate

Phase two


  • No Place, Stanley
  • East Stanley
  • The Wynd, Pelton
  • Merryoaks Low Barnes, Durham City
  • Crook Glenholme Park Lights
  • Jubilee Park, Howden-Le-Wear
  • Jane Armstrong Park, Bishop Auckland

Phase three


  • Moorside, Consett
  • Baliol Road, Newton Aycliffe
  • Sunnybrow
  • Stanhope playing fields
  • Westfields, Stanley
  • Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street
  • Pennine View play area, Tow Law
  • Moorfoot play area, Chester-le-Street
  • Perkinsville play area
  • Cooper Hall, Witton Gilbert
  • Low Westwood
  • Ebchester
  • Hardy Corner, Consett
  • The Grove play area, Consett
  • View Lane Park, Stanley

Phase four 


  • Sacriston Deneside Cross Lane
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