Fold-out Map for Urban Green Newcastle
Over the course of its 100-year history, it’s fair to say that Walker Park has had boom years as well of periods of neglect. Nowadays, the park is flourishing having been revitalised thanks to a major boost in investment in 2016 courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We were approached by Walker Park Ranger Emma Armstrong-Smith to create a fold-out map to help spread the word about Walker Park and encourage visitors to come and experience the sights and sounds of the park for themselves. The park was originally created to provide outdoor leisure space for colliery and shipyard workers, and despite having lost some of its original features over the years, today the park has a range of sports and leisure facilities, a World War 1 memorial, a Rabbie Burns statue, and a number of other sculptures and artworks dotted throughout. It’s also home to some unexpected wildlife, namely green ring-necked parakeets, the origins of which are subject of much speculation and urban legend.
Illustrations for the Walker Park map were provided by the always excellent Laura Sheldon. We hope the map serves visitors to the park well and contributes to the park being more widely recognised as the asset to the city that it is!