With just 10 weeks to go until the park reopens, work to improve its miniature car track and amphitheatre, and create a new heritage centre, cafe, and play areas, is nearing completion.
Wharton Park hugs the hillside to the north of the city centre and there has been a formal park on the site since 1858, when William Lloyd Wharton gave use of Windy Hill to the people of Durham.
Occupying a plot near the railway station, the park has commanding views of the Castle and Cathedral – a view 19th century philosopher John Ruskin reportedly described as "the eighth wonder of the world" – and in August 1871 it played host to Durham Miners' Association first Gala.
Its restoration is being carried out thanks to £2.45m from the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds, with additional support from the Durham County Council and Durham Area Action Partnership bringing the total investment to £3m.
Cllr Maria Plews, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for leisure said: "Wharton Park is one of Durham's hidden gems and it is great to see how well the restoration is progressing.
"Soon the park will be returned to its former glory and once again be an important green space for the city, offering a host of recreational opportunities for both local people and visitors alike."