Barnard Castle Town Council manages six play areas within Barnard Castle, these being Bouch Way, Dawson Road, Green Lane, Kalafat, Marwood Drive and Ten Fields.
Barnard Castle Town Council is the custodian of all these facilities on behalf of Fields in Trust (formerly The National Playing Fields Association) and Bouch Way has a Deed of Dedication between the Town Council and Fields in Trust. This means that all six play areas are protected from any form of development so that future generations can continue to enjoy them.
In addition, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the Town Council joined a campaign led by HRH Prince William to protect in perpetuity 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities across the country as a permanent living legacy to mark this special occasion. Each play area now has the status of being a Queen Elizabeth II Field and plaques have been put up to recognise this.
All the sites have play equipment installed except for Ten Fields which has a football pitch and changing facilities. Ten Fields has been leased to Barnard Castle Football Club since 1988 for which they pay a small rent but also are responsible for regular grass-cutting of the site.
Following the construction of the housing development off Woodside and Montalbo Road, the Bouch Way play area was erected in 2005 by George Wimpeys as part of a Section 106 Agreement. The responsibility for the play area was then transferred over to Barnard Castle Town Council.
This site underwent an improvement project which commenced in 2010 and was completed in 2012. New play equipment and a Multi Use Games Area were installed after funding was secured from Durham County Council’s Playbuilder Scheme, SureStart, Section 106 funding and Home Housing.
This play area along with its perimeter fencing and pathways were redeveloped in 2006 with financial help from Groundwork NE and Awards for All together with a contribution from Barnard Castle Town Council. There is also a large grassed play area at this site.
The set of swings at this play area were replaced during 2008 with the help of European and Urban Rural Renaissance funding and a contribution from Barnard Castle Town Council. There is also a large grassed play area at this site.
This play area was redeveloped during 2008 along with works to correct poor drainage on the grassed area of the site. This was possible due to European and Urban Rural Renaissance funding being secured together with a substantial contribution from Barnard Castle Town Council.
This site consists of a football pitch and changing facilities. Ten Fields has been leased to Barnard Castle Football Club since 1988 for which they pay a small rent but also are responsible for regular grass-cutting of the site.
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