TV host Julia Bradbury has officially opened a new park built on the site of former coal staithes.
The Countryfile presenter unveiled a plaque at the £2.3m Harton Quays Park, near the Customs House on South Shields Riverside, yesterday.
She said: “It’s very important for people to have access to green areas and recreational space.
“This park, which is part of a major regeneration project, looks brilliant. I’m delighted to be a part of it.”
The site has curved stone embankments, a promenade, a fountain, and a dramatic pine grove viewing platform shaped like the prow of a ship.
Mayor Ernest Gibson added: “A hundred years ago, you could not stand here as we are today. This was a bustling coal jetty.
“Ten years ago, you could not stand here either. This area was derelict and closed to the public.
“We realised we had to give the river back to the people of South Tyneside. That’s what we have done with this park. We wanted to provide an exciting space for people to enjoy.”