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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  • The most relaxing little lake in the center of Newcastle , you can have your coffee or lunch break there , the little swans are gonna make you company !  more »
  • We go to this park regularly once or twice a week, it is central to the city centre and close to the football stadium. It has a lake which is used by the local angling club, it is stocked with carp an...  more »
  • I did a 10k run here and found it to be very peaceful with a lovely little cafe in it. It is very close to Newcastle Football Ground and the RVI Hospital. There is the old fahioned bandstand and a lar...  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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