Officials placing the first spade in the ground at Stockton Waterfront urban park. Photo: Stockton Council

A major milestone has been reached in Stockton’s transformation with the start of construction on a new urban park. The park, which will feature a large-scale play area, flexible spaces, and connections to the River Tees, is set to become a vibrant hub for residents and visitors alike.

  • Stockton Waterfront

Iconic New Public Space

The park’s design reflects the Borough’s industrial heritage and will include two timber towers connected by walkways, creating an inclusive and accessible space for all ages. The park will also feature a 55m land bridge structure, extending the Millennium Footbridge and providing a seamless connection between the High Street and the riverside.

Phased Construction

Construction of the park will be carried out in phases, starting with the realignment and narrowing of Riverside Road. Paving elements for the oval lawn will be laid in the second phase, along with the construction of new gardens and play areas. The final phase will see the construction of a large-scale amphitheatre, further enhancing the park’s appeal as a destination for events and entertainment.

Economic and Social Benefits

The park is expected to create significant economic and social benefits for Stockton-on-Tees, attracting visitors and businesses to the town centre and providing a much-needed green space for residents. The project is being funded by a combination of council investment, a £20m investment from the Tees Valley Combined Authority, and a £16.5m grant from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

Aspiring to Become a World-Class Destination

Councillor Nigel Cooke, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, expressed his excitement about the project, saying:”This is such an exciting time for Stockton and I’m very pleased we can finally say that work on the build of this fantastic urban park is underway. Where we are standing is set to be an iconic, nationally recognisable new public space for the Borough’s residents and visitors and will set the scene for our world-class events programme in the future. There’ll be something for everyone as they head through the different areas of the park. It’s a brilliant day to be a part of because we’ve been on a real journey across our six town centres and projects like this will be a catalyst for change, investment and external growth.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen echoed these sentiments, adding: “It is fantastic to see work starting on this project, which is one of the biggest transformations that Stockton has ever seen and will create a town centre that people deserve.”

The park is scheduled to open in 2026, marking a new era for Stockton-on-Tees and becoming a destination that residents and visitors alike will cherish for years to come.