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 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.