Oh, this is a gorgeous park! Known locally as Wallsend Park, Richardson Dees Park is a really lovely green patch near the Coast Road. It’s a traditional park with a playground and plenty of green grass, flowers, and beautiful trees. We visited as part of our challenge to visit every park in North Tyneside in 2015.
On our way in, we passed spring flowers in full bloom, which are everywhere in North Tyneside right now. I absolutely appreciate living here at this time of year. So many grass verges have crocuses, daffodils and other colourful flowers bobbing around in the wind. Brilliant.
We walked past a little allotment-style area, and James played in the boat-shaped seat for a while, before we wandered along the path around the bowling green. James was very intent on clearing a section of the path of all sticks, so when I said ‘wandered’, I mean ‘inched’, while he picked up individual sticks, and placed each down on the edge of the path.
Fortunately it wasn’t a bad view!
The play area is behind this bowling club house. There’s a café attached, which I’d imagine does a rip roaring trade in the warmer months. It wasn’t open when we visited.
If you read our post on Pearson Park in North Shields, you’ll have seen the delight on James’ face when we discovered a roundabout. Well, there is another one in this park too! This roundabout is inlaid in the ground, so you couldn’t fall off too badly, and there is only one seat.
This playground area is really well designed, with something for lots of different ages of children. We stood and watched older children balancing on a wobbly spinning log for a while, James kept getting in their way when e wanted to have a go, though, so we moved along!
There’s so much to climb, too, which is one of James’ passions at the moment.
We will have to come back here in the summer, because one of the hills we climbed up is a water play area.
James had a brilliant time running around all the various sections of this play area. He loves rope bridges, and spent quite a while striding across this one, back and forth.
We completed the loop of the park with a quick swing and then a clamber on the sandpit’s climbing frame. They have diggers in the sandpit, but they’re too heavy for James to manoeuvre right now.
All in all, a fantastic afternoon of outdoor play. I can see us returning here in the summer time with a picnic and swim shorts! We visited about a third of the park, from what I can gather, by staying in the playground. As I drove away I saw we’d missed a lot!