Slightly outside of my normal reach (the other side of the Tyne :) ) Saltwell Park is a Victorian park situated in the city of Gateshead. Also known as the "People's Park" and part of Gateshead's heritage since it opened to the public in 1876, the park is steeped in history. Thanks to a £10 million restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Gateshead Council, the park has been restored to its former glory.
Saltwell Park has been given numerous prestigious awards, such as "Britain's Best Park" 2005 and "The Green Flag Award" 2006 amongst others.
At the centre lies William Wailes's former home, the Grade II listed Saltwell Towers, also restored, with the addition of a cafe and visitor information points located in the building.
The park also contains a boating lake, children's play areas including animal stables and huge bird cage, a stream, bandstand, basketball and tennis courts. The Park's bandstand was at one time situated in the middle of the lake and bands had to travel across the lake by boat to perform.
Text from Wikipedia
Saltwell Park Website