Leazes Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Leazes Park is a park in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It is the city's oldest park, opened in 1873, and lies to the west of the city centre. The park contains a lake above the course of the Lort Burn. It is next to St James' Park and the Royal Victoria Infirmary.Leazes Park is separated from Spital Tongues by Castle Leazes, an area of common land similar to the Town Moor.HistoryThe creation of a Leazes Park was a drawn out process. In September 1857 3,000 working men petitioned Newcastle Council for ‘ready access to some open ground for the purpose of health and recreation’ and a year later a special committee was set up to try to find a location for a park. Aldermen Harle and Hamond took up the challenge and campaigned for a park and eventually succeeded in having Leazes Park created on a part of the Leazes Town Moor. On the 23 December 1873 Leazes Park was officially opened by Alderman Sir Charles Hamond. It became the first public park created on Tyneside. John Fulton, the Town Surveyor, laid out Leazes Park similar to other parks being built in Britain at that time. The layout centres on the lake. The Bandstand and Terrace were added and later the whole park was surrounded with metal railings. A second lake was created in 1893 but this was filled in in 1949 and the area used for a bowling green and tennis courts.The grand Jubilee gates were added in 1896 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and a Palm House was built. In 1908 a bust of Alderman Sir Charles Hamond was erected as the centrepiece to the Terrace and the park was then complete. The park continued to develop with deer, aviaries, tennis, and croquet until the 1980s when it was in need of refurbishment. The refurbishment became possible when the park was awarded £3.7 million from the National Lottery in 2001. The restoration project was completed in 2004.
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  • as well as being a space to enjoy every day, the park is often the venue for events such as the Green Festival. It has a lake with a small island where wild birds nest and walks and a children's area ...  more »
  • I come once a month with 2 dogs and have a bit fun and we don't disturb the animals on the lake, its about having a nice relaxing walk  more »
  • My frined and I went here to relax every day that I was in Newcastle. The scenery is lovely with a soaring St James' Park alongside.  more »
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  • It's a nice and decent size park. As it's inside the city centre it will give you New York central park type of feeling, but not entirely. My rating is 4 out of 5 only because when you sit inside the park or walk you will see less flowers. More flowers gardening will make it a perfect park:)
  • Great victorian style park with lake, maze, park and paths. Shame the cafe is closed.
  • Nice park with lake near to St James' Park football stadium. Toilets available.
  • Nice lake and view. Decent tennis courts are available for free.
  • Jurassic kingdom was a fantastic experience for my 4 year old son & I,

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