Families flock to reopened park

Fun in the park.'The official reopening of Barnes Park, Sunderland, after an 18 month refurbishment.

Fun in the park.'The official reopening of Barnes Park, Sunderland, after an 18 month refurbishment.

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VISITORS spent the weekend exploring the revamped Barnes Park after the gates opened on a £3.6million improvement project.

A celebration event took place to mark the completion of a raft of improvements, including new play areas, the rejuvenation of the lake and a new bridge.

The Mayor of the City of Sunderland Coun Norma Wright with the new Chairman of the North East Region of the Heritage Lottery Fund Chris Mullin at the official reopening of Barnes Park, Sunderland, after an 18 month refurbishment.

The Mayor of the City of Sunderland Coun Norma Wright with the new Chairman of the North East Region of the Heritage Lottery Fund Chris Mullin at the official reopening of Barnes Park, Sunderland, after an 18 month refurbishment.

The lion’s share of the funding – £2.4million – came from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Ivor Crowther, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the North East, said: “This park is a great resource for the local community and I’m sure that more people than ever will now visit to relax and enjoy the scenery, walk the dog or have a picnic.”

Families took part in face painting, willow weaving and other fun activities at the celebration event on Saturday, which included live music in the bandstand.