Wharton Park

Framwellgate Peth, Durham, County Durham DH1 4UQ

0300 026 1000

help@durham.gov.uk

www.durham.gov.uk/whartonpark

Guide Last Updated: 24/05/2017

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  • Services / facilities within the grounds include play areas, heritage centre, cafe, amphitheatre, multi-use games area, miniature car track, outdoor fitness equipment, community garden and battlements with viewpoints.

  • Related link Friends of Wharton Park (Community Garden).

  • Http://www.widdisons.co.uk/fowp

  • Wharton Park is built on a hill and access for many visitors may be a problem. We have improved access to the park where possible but this is a difficult site due to the steep inclines around the park.

  • Heritage Centre and viewing area access - from the car park located at the top of Framwellgate Peth you can access the heritage centre with ease and use our disabled viewing area to look down on the Amphitheatre and over the park and city.

  • Ampitheatre and lower levels of the park access - should you wish to access the Amphitheatre and lower level of the park such as the community garden area, we would advise you to use the North Road ramped access point. Using this entrance will still involve an incline however this is far less steep than accessing via the upper car park.

  • Dogs are allowed, but must remain on leads whilst in the park.

  • You can drive into the park from 9.00am to 5.00pm daily. After this time pedestrian access remains open with 24 hour access to the park.

  • The cars are available every day from 1.00pm - 4.30pm, between 1 April and 31 October. Hours may change, depending on the weather.

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.

  • This venue is situated in Durham.

  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

  • The nearest mainline station is Durham.

  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is not free for all users.

  • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.

  • The car park is located at the front of the building.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.

  • There is/are 3 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 370cm x 490cm (12ft 2in x 16ft 1in).

  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 51m (55yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 58m (63yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.

  • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.

  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • There is limited parking for 25 cars.

  • The price of the car park is 50p per half hour (max stay of 3 hours).

  • The correct change is required for the ticket machine as there is no change facility in the park.

  • Vehicle access to the park is restricted between 09.00 and 17.00 each day.

  • There is also standard parking on North Road.

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  • This information is for the entrance located on North Road.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

  • The width of the door opening is 82cm (2ft 8in).

  • There are also 139cm wide permanently held open double gates along to the right for a stepped entrance.

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  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located leading up to and beyond the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is steep.

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located leading up to and beyond the stepped entrance.

  • There is/are 15+ step(s) to the area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.

  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

  • There is 1 deep step before the stepped gates entrance which does not offer a handrail.

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  • This information is for the entrance located opposite Durham Train Station.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

  • The width of the door opening is 113cm (3ft 8in).

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  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located leadig up from the train station.

  • There is/are 15+ step(s) to the area/service.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.

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  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.

  • There is level access into the venue.

  • The bell is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.

  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The width of the door opening is 176cm (5ft 9in).

  • There is also a similar manual sliding door at the side of the building directly to the cafe.

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  • There is level access to the service(s).

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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  • The following information is for the cafe.

  • The cafe is located to the left as you enter.

  • Full table service is available.

  • No tables are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the heritage centre entrance.

  • The standard height for tables is 73cm.

  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.

  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.

  • Drinking straws are available.

  • Menus are wall only.

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Picture menus are not available.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.

  • In summer months the cafe is open from 09:00-18:00 every day except Sundays which are 09:00-17:00.

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Friday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00.

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  • The park or garden does have footpaths.

  • The path(s) has a / have tarmac surface(s).

  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.

  • There are easy, moderate and steep slopes on the paths.

  • There are some bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.

  • Accessible play equipment is available within the park.

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  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located throughout the park down to North Road.

  • The ramp/slope is steep.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • The ramp does not have handrails.

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located leading to some areas.

  • There is/are 15+ step(s) to the area/service.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).

  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

  • Some steps offer handrails on both sides.

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  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located leading up from the lower park.

  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • The ramp does not have handrails.

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located leading to the amphitheatre grass seating areas.

  • There is/are 15+ step(s) to the area/service.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

  • There is a large step free hard surface area to the side of the amphitheatre suitable for wheelchair users.

  • There is also step free access into the amphitheatre below.

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  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located leading up to the main viewpoints.

  • There is/are 8 step(s) to the area/service.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

  • There are a further 2-5 steps to the highest point within the structure.

  • Most of this area can be viewed step free from around the outside of the battlements, though there are further steps beyond the path at the front.

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  • The fitness suite is located adjacent to the car park.

  • The fitness suite is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the car park.

  • There is level access to the fitness suite.

  • There are not doors into the fitness suite.

  • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.

  • There is level access to all of the equipment.

  • There is a grass surface throughout the unstaffed fitness area.

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  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the heritage centre entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter.

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 220cm x 152cm (7ft 3in x 4ft 12in).

  • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.

  • The lateral transfer space is 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • There is an emergency alarm.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is a/are non-infectious waste, general domestic waste and clinical waste disposal units.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.

  • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a mirror.

  • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is not a towel dispenser.

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 88cm (2ft 11in).

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  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right as you enter.

  • The female and male toilets are approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the heritage centre entrance.

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the standard toilets.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 88cm (2ft 11in).

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

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  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.

  • Documents can be requested in Braille.

  • Documents can be requested in large print.

  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.

  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.

  • This service can be requested.