Play Areas

Play Areas

Newcastle is home to more than 160 outdoor play areas, with most managed by us and some owned by other organisations.

Our aim is to have exciting, engaging and vibrant play spaces across the city that support children, families and communities to stay healthy and active.

On this page:

Play Area Investment Plan

Following our Open Spaces Study in 2016 and Play Space Plan of 2018, Newcastle City Council worked with partners across the city and independent experts to create a plan for investment in children and youth play spaces.

This Play Area Investment Plan, which was agreed by our Cabinet in 2019, included improvements ranging from a low level clean-ups and removal of graffiti, through to the installation of new equipment, resurfacing, or in some cases alternative options to create attractive, vibrant new spaces.  

The Covid-19 pandemic delayed the implementation of this plan, but in 2021/22 plans are in place for 33 sites.

These plans fall into three categories:

  • Invest – A site that will receive replacement or new equipment
  • Repair - A play area where existing equipment will be repaired.
  • Alternative – Sites where different types of play spaces will be created. For example this could include introducing more green play space, or making changes that remove some existing elements while retaining low maintenance items.

All dates for the agreed works to be carried out, are subject to change, due to any unforeseen circumstances. If that should happen, we will update the timescales below.

April to June 2021

Play area

Who it belongs to

Type of change

Ouseburn Park / Chelmsford Grove

Urban Green Newcastle (UG)

Invest

Monday Crescent / Todds Nook

Newcastle City Council (NCC)

Alternative

Swans Rec Ground MUGA

Newcastle City Council

Invest

Bells Yard

Newcastle City Council

Invest

Armstrong Park MUGA

Urban Green Newcastle

Invest

Rye Hill Play Area

Newcastle City Council

Repair

July to September 2021

Play area

Who it belongs to

Type of change

Hareydene

NCC

Alternative

Eastgarth West / Newbiggin Lane

NCC

Invest

Denton Dene North

NCC

Repair

Molineux Court MUGA

NCC

Repair

Kenton Crescent

NCC

Alternative

Celandine Close

Private land

Alternative

Britannia Place NCC Alternative

October to December 2021

Play area

Who it belongs to

Type of change

Kenton Bar / Mallowburn

NCC

Alternative

January to March 2022

Play area

Who it belongs to

Type of change

Land to the rear of Vallum Road / St Oswalds Green MUGA

NCC

Invest

Cornhill

NCC

Invest

North Benwell Park / Farndale Play Area

NCC

Invest

Edgeware Walk MUGA

NCC

Alternative

Dorcas Avenue / Sunnybank Avenue

NCC

Invest

Fawdon Park

NCC

Invest

April to June 2022

Play area

Who it belongs to

Type of change

Gibson Street

NCC

Invest

St Ann's Close NCC Alternative

Kingsley / Normanton Terrace

NCC

Invest

Valley View

NCC

Invest

Coach Lane

NCC

Invest

North Benwell Park MUGA NCC Invest
Ladykirk Road MUGA NCC Alternative

To be confirmed

Play area

Who it belongs to

Type of change

Aydon Walk / Apperley

NCC

Invest

Whitworth Close / Church Walk

NCC

Invest

Report a problem with a play area

We visit and inspect our children's play areas at least once a week.

We also encourage the public to report when play equipment is broken and may be dangerous.

To report any problem, please contact Your Local Services on 0191 278 78 78 or complete the report a play area problem online form.

Where equipment is reported as dangerous we aim to make it safe within eight hours, if the report is made during office hours, or the next working day outside of these hours.

In some instances, this means that certain equipment may be fenced off to prevent it from being used.

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