|Temple Memorial Park|
Plaque commemorating 1961 opening of Temple Memorial Park.
|Opened||12 July 1961|
|Operated by||South Tyneside Council|
Temple Memorial Park is a park in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, given to the public by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1946 and named after William Temple, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.
Temple Memorial Park was given to the people of South Shields by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1946 to recognise their contribution to winning the war at sea in the Second World War. The park was named after William Temple, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and was opened by his widow Mrs Frances Temple on 12 July 1961.
Constructed on the site of the former cycle speedway track, the Temple Park Centre was opened in 1977, offering facilities including a swimming pool, closed in October 2013 and demolished in 2018.
In March 2019, a local campaign sought to have the park recognised as a war memorial.
In November 2019, 840 trees were planted.
Temple Park has a route, often called the BMX track, created specifically for mountain bikes, paths and green spaces for walkers and a skate park, playground, football court and car park. Since May 2016, the park has been used for five kilometre running events.
The Temple Park Centre's indoor facilities include a gym, netball courts and rooms for fitness classes.
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