Darlington’s East Mount Park is set to be given a new lease of life after a bid for new funding was successful.
Groundwork NE & Cumbria is working with Central Community Partnership and Darlington Borough Council to refurbish the park and green space to make it more user friendly after securing £25,000 of Pocket Park funding and £7,500 match-funding from the council.
Currently, East Mount Park is primarily used as a shortcut. It is hoped the funds can be used to help increase footfall to the area and improve safety.
As part of the project, new trees will be planted and new play equipment will be installed.
Natalie Whitworth, Community Project Manager for Groundwork, said: “The refurbishment will reinvigorate the green corridor on the edge of the town centre and encourage longer usage from residents of all ages but mostly families and be recognised as a valued asset to the community.”
Councillor Paul Howell, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and the local environment said they are “delighted to be working with Groundwork and the Park East Partnership to help revamp East Mount Park”.
He continued: “Our green spaces help make Darlington the attractive pleasant place that it is and we’re keen to work with local residents and organisations to maintain and enhance our local environment for all to enjoy.”
Neil Campling, secretary for Central Community Partnership, added: “Green spaces are an important part of Darlington and we’re working together to try to create a better East Mount Park that the local community can appreciate and enjoy.”
Before work begins on the park, Groundwork NE & Cumbria is keen to hear the views of the general public, users of the park and local residents.
A launch event will be held in August followed by other community events throughout September, October and November, providing opportunities for residents and businesses to be involved in shaping the changes in the park.
Activities will include bird box making, a family Halloween event and bulb planting.
Source: Darlington Borough Council