Wallsend Parks is made up of three, interconnected sites:
- Prince Road Arboretum (an open grassland area sloping down to a natural burn)
- Richardson Dees Park (a formal Victorian park with a range of leisure and recreational facilities); and
- The Hall Grounds (a quiet parkland, with formal walks and historical interest)
All three sites were originally part of the Wallsend Hall estate and through the changes to the site's development over the centuries we can learn the story of the development of the town of Wallsend itself, from Roman fort settlement to quiet medieval village to world-renowned centre of mining and shipbuilding.
The parks offer a diverse range of landscapes, wildlife habitats, formal visitor facilities and built heritage, creating a leafy, green oasis in the midst of a busy, built-up town. In an urban environment dominated by Victorian terraced housing with little outside space, the parks still fulfil their original role of offering a communal garden and recreation area and as such are well-used by core groups of local people.