Dean Bank Recreation Park
Portfolio Holder - Councillor Miss Eileen Martin
Dean Bank Park has existed since approximately 1927. It was originally created by Dean and Chapter Colliery which funded the park provision with a deduction from everyone’s salary.
When the colliery closed in 1967 the ownership of the park was transferred to the Town Council for it to manage into the future.
2009 saw a development of a £1.1 million Sports Facility, the project was funded with the help of:
- Lafarge Aggregates where a grant of £20,000 was secured for landscaping works
- The play equipment was funded with a £70,000 grant from the National Lottery
- The Football Foundation helped fund the project with a grant of £605,839 and
- An additional grant of £100,000 from the FA as part of their capital allocation within the Whole Sport Plan funding agreement with Sport England.
- A grant of £320,000 came from Sedgefield Borough Council L.I.P fund.
The project was managed by Steve Wells Associates who awarded the contracts for the works to Groundwork Services to undertake all of the pitch works and Halls Construction to build the new changing block. The play equipment was installed by SMP play equipment who were the preferred supplier following a selection process by Ferryhill Youth Council.
The new facility contains a new 6 room changing block with a cafeteria area, new public toilets for all park users as well as the creation of two new football pitches on the former Ferryhill Athletic Football Ground and the complete renovation of the five pitches of various sizes in Dean Bank Park.
The facility is home ground to Ferryhill Town Youth who currently have 12 teams from age groups under 8’s up to under 16’s. The facility is also used by Ferryhill Greyhound Over 40’s and Ferryhill Saints.
Following the imminent completion of the £1.1 million phase 1 of the park regeneration, in 2010 phase 2 of the regeneration commenced for which a grant of £70,000 from the National Lottery had previously been secured.
A funding bid by the Friends of Dean Bank Park for £50,000 was approved by Community Spaces for a MUGA (multi use games area), the design of which was chosen by Ferryhill Youth Council. The introduction of a MUGA was supported by all involved in the regeneration of the Park and is a priority for all the youth groups that were consulted. Further funding bids werw made to complete the Masterplan design for the park developed after extensive consultation by Phil Ball associates in January 2011.
To see the masterplan for the Sports Facility for Dean Bank Recreation Park please <<click here>>
To view the plans of the new facility click on one of the links below: