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Dean Bank Recreation Park

Dean Bank Park has existed since approximately 1927. It was originally created by Dean and Chapter Colliery which funded the park provision with a deduction from everyone’s salary.

When the colliery closed in 1967 the ownership of the park was transferred to the Town Council for it to manage into the future.

A pit tub is situated within the park in memory of those killed in the Dean and Chapter Colliery.

2009 saw a development of a £1.1 million Sports Facility, the project was funded with the help of:

The project was managed by Steve Wells Associates who awarded the contracts for the works to Groundwork Services to undertake all of the pitch works and Halls Construction to build the new changing block. The play equipment was installed by SMP play equipment who were the preferred supplier following a selection process by Ferryhill Youth Council.

The new facility contains a new 6 room changing block with a cafeteria area, new public toilets for all park users as well as the creation of two new football pitches on the former Ferryhill Athletic Football Ground and the complete renovation of the five pitches of various sizes in Dean Bank Park.

The facility is home ground to Ferryhill Town Youth who currently have 12 teams from age groups under 8’s up to under 16’s. The facility is also used by Ferryhill Greyhound Over 40’s.

Within the park there is a childrens play area which was provided through a £70,000 grant from the National Lottery and thanks to a £50,000 grant from Community Spaces there is also a MUGA (multi use games area).

The old Bowls Pavilion within the park is now used by Ferryhill Town Band to hold rehearsals.

In 2009 a Friends of Dean Bank Park community group was established comprising user groups of the Park, representatives from the Residents Association, local Schools and other interested parties to work in partnership with Ferryhill Town Council to identify and assist with potential improvements to the Park. The group has proved invaluable in driving community projects forward.

Most recently the group have been involved in a series of community consultation including questionnaires, focus groups and public meetings, as part of a Feasibility Study commissioned on the Final Phase of the Parks regeneration, and carried out by an Independent Consultant, Leeming Associates, to view the Feasibility Study <<click here>>

Since the Feasibility Study was published in 2017 a Dean Bank Park Regeneration Working Group has been set up to drive forward the recommendations outlined in the Study. One of the main improvements identified was the conversion and extension of the old bungalow situated in the grounds of the Park into a Heritage Centre with a new base for Ferryhill Town Band. Plans have been drawn up by Logic Architecture, to view the plans <<click here>> and a planning application has recently been submitted for the works.

Following completion of the regeneration works it is the Town Councilís ambition to apply for the prestigious Green Flag Status. A Management & Maintenance Plan which forms part of the Green Flag process has already been produced for the site and is regularly updated, to view the Management Plan <<click here>>

 

 

 

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