Wharton Park

A man named William Lloyd Wharton (1789-1867) originally created Wharton park. I like to think that the inscription on the old oak tree near the north entrance of the park encapsulates the attitude that those living in Durham want each other to put into action through out our lives. Inscribed on the memorial oak for King Albert is the phrase he was most known for- “While we have time, let us do good to all men”.  Within the park they have a memorial statue of Wharton himself. He was interested in science and athletics, so he created the Durham Regatta. He funded the obelisk build for the university.

Wharton was the high sheriff of Durham, director of the railway and created the Durham Markets company. There are plenty of beautiful views of Durham from the Battlements.  Since then many changes have taken place, people will enjoy the most recent changes. The Heritage Lottery Fund, the Bit Lottery and Durham County Council provided the funding for these changes.

There is a new heritage centre, café, and new play areas. I was most impressed by the outdoor gym.  Improvements have also been made to the park’s amphitheatre, miniature car track, signs, and pathways. In my own experience of the park, it was fabulous to not see broken glass on the steps leading upwards and that there where plenty more sloped footpaths making it easier for those using a wheelchair.

If you are to look at the website provided below, you can see the current events that are going on within the park. For example, within their education centre there is a lot of seasonal activities such as pumpkin decorating for Halloween.

For more information on Wharton Park click here.

To find out visitor information such as opening times click here.

Accessibility at Wharton park

The parks accessibility has improved with the paths. As there are now many areas that those who are in wheelchairs can access. Furthermore, the park is groomed very well so there are very little overhanging branches to walk into.

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