SOUTH Tyneside’s new waterfront park has officially opened to the public.
Harton Quays Park was unveiled on Saturday as a new recreational and leisure area which aims to transform South Shields riverside and the way people use it.
The park, which stretches along the River Tyne from South Shields Ferry Landing to the Customs House, is to provide an attractive “gateway” into the town centre, especially for people arriving on the Shields Ferry.
Coun Michael Clare, lead member for regeneration and economy at South Tyneside Council, said: “Harton Quays Park will be a new Tyneside landmark.
“With superb design and craftsmanship, it will be a fantastic facility for local people and another attraction for the many visitors who come to South Tyneside every year.”
The green area, which was jointly funded by South Tyneside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), was created by Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering to a design by internationally-renowned landscape architects Grant Associates.
The design includes curved stone embankments, a promenade, lawns and colourful planting, as well as sheltered gardens and a dramatic “pine grove” view point across the river.
The curved ribbon wall, made of 144 pre-cast concrete panels, is another unique feature helping to maximise the park’s riverside location.
A new amphitheatre close to the Customs House will also make it possible for the park to host public performances of drama and music.
Neil Graham, head of capital projects at the HCA, said: “I am delighted at what we have been able to achieve with our partners, making fantastic use of this land to create a superb new amenity for residents and visitors to enjoy.”