north_tyneside_councilA BMX track is the latest and final addition to the multimillion pound makeover of a North Tyneside park.

Nestled between Tynemouth and North Shields, Northumberland Park has attracted visitors to its woodland areas, gardens, pond and bowling green since it first opened 130 years ago.

Following a multimillion pound revamp and restoration project by North Tyneside Council, the park reopened it gates to the public earlier this year.

And the final part of the project will be finished when the ‘BMX Pumptrack’ opens for thrill-seekers in time for the half-term holiday, from October 23.

Located near the park’s newly-revamped children’s play area, the track is full of ramps, twists and turns, and it’s suitable for BMX bikes, mountain bikes, scooters and skateboards.

Welcoming the addition to the park, Cllr Eddie Darke, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Since the park re-opened earlier in the year, our visitor numbers have boomed and the feedback has been brilliant.

“A lot of people have been asking when the BMX Pumptrack is opening, so I hope it’s enjoyed by many this half-term holiday.”

Other work to revamp the park has included restoring or replicating lost Victorian features; an archaeological dig, which found an outline of a medieval hospital; enhancing the bowling green; creating a sculpture trail and general planting and landscaping.

A new cafe, The Glasshouse Tea Room, also opened there at the end of June. The new building, which also has a community education room and toilet facilities, stands in the central area of the park.

Those using the BMX track are encouraged to wear protective gear while using the track, including a helmet, gloves and pads.

Visitors to the park are reminded that the track does not open until Friday and they’re asked to stay off the area until then for health and safety reasons.