Springfield Park sits in our ward and is accessible from Salter’s Lane North, Green
Lane and Sparrowhall Drive. It is a large recreational area made up of mostly grass and includes a
full size marked out football pitch as well as a 5 a-side pitch and a fixed play facilities area for
children. It is used extensively by the community and residents of all ages for a wide range of
recreational activities including games, cycling, walking and dog walking. Whinfield Residents
Association is continually looking to improve the park whether this could be with better play
equipment or improved seating, as well as keeping the area tidy. We are therefore always looking for
volunteers to assist with this as well as listening to ideas to improve the park from our residents
Due to the financial constraints facing our council and many others across the country,
funding for this kind of work needs to be sourced from other organisations. Whinfield Residents
Association actively looks to apply for funding for these kinds of projects.
Maintenance of the lane remains a ‘bone of contention’. In the past both the Church of
England and Darlington Golf Club have considered registering an interest in the lane but have not done
so due to the costs involved in maintaining the road and the hedges. The lane is currently lodged with
the Land Registry as ‘undetermined’.