Ashington Town Council has responsibility for matters relating to the provision of play areas in the town.

Northumberland County Council retains responsibility for the provision and maintenance of play areas in the town’s strategic parks at Hirst Park and Wansbeck Riverside Park.

The town's play areas are regularly inspected by Northumberland County Council and maintained by Ashington Town Council with the exception of the strategic parks. The Town Council's Neighbourhood Services Officer carries out repairs and maintenance which includes a rolling programme of improvements.

In 2019 the Town Council developed a significant play facility and outside gym at Peoples Park. The Town Council committed funds and secured external funding to develop the £210,000 project. The Town Council has also recently supported Northumberland County Council’s multi-million pound scheme to restore Hirst Park which includes new play facilities.

The town’s play areas are placed in the following locations:

  • Aintree Close
  • Alexandra Road
  • Bywell Road
  • Epsom Drive
  • North Seaton Colliery
  • Paddock Wood
  • Peoples Park
  • Seaton Vale
  • Shire Farm Close
  • Warren Court

To report an issue on play areas in Ashington please call Northumberland County Council on tel 0345 600 6400 or Ashington Town Council (Monday to Friday) on tel 01670 624 520 or email  Please note that any issue with the play areas in the town's strategic parks (at Hirst Park and Wansbeck Riverside Park) should be directed to Northumberland County Council. 

*** Please note that the Peoples Park Play Area is closed until further notice due to the recent siting and opening of a COVID-19 Testing Centre in the nearby car park. Ashington Town Council was not consulted, involved or included in any assessment, risk or otherwise, of the selection of the Test Centre. Although not requested to do so by the Public Health Authority or Northumberland County Council, the Town Council feel that closure is the proper and right decision in the management of risk, particularly in the light of recent COVID-19 announcements. We understand that some parents and most young children will be disappointed but hope that the reasoning is understood at this challenging time for us all. The closure will of course be kept under review but will likely be linked to the presence of the test centre. ***