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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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  • Visited Leazes Park on a lovely sunny day. It was full of families enjoying the spring sunshine. It has a lovely lake which we sat around eating our picnic. Its so close to the City Centre as well but...  more »
  • Came here on a sunny spring Sunday for a pleasant walk in the park among the daffodils and to play on the swings. Interesting views of St James Park stadium dominate the skyline. But the park itself i...  more »
  • The Park was a regular destination when both I and later my children were young. Sadly I took out grand daughter recently and it has deteriorated greatly. I know the reply will be that it's due to cut...  more »
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  • Really lovely place.. No wonder Newcastle is a happy city.
  • A nice place to take the kids for a walk. In the centre of town Leazes is a well kept Park with all you would expect. Lake, kids Park, tennis courts etc.
  • Great peaceful Victorian park close to city centre
  • can be some idiots in the park but the park itself is very nice
  • A Victorian park tucked away in the city. With beautiful views and a wide range of critters, the park is a lovely place to stroll, gaze, and relax. It also features a children's park and tennis courts, and the bandstand is an awesome place to chill out with friends.