The Ouseburn at Jesmond Dene
Ouseburn shown within Tyne and Wear
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The Ouseburn has its source at Callerton in the north of the city near Newcastle Airport. It then flows through the Kingston Park area of the city, Newcastle Great Park, Gosforth Park and Whitebridge Park. The Ouseburn then continues through Paddy Freeman' Park in South Gosforth and into Jesmond Dene, Armstrong Park and Heaton Park, where it marks the boundary between Heaton and Sandyford. The river then flows through a culvert before re-emerging under Byker Bridge, whence it flows past Byker Farm and meets the River Tyne.
The river was previously tidal from roughly below Byker Bridge, revealing dark mud at low tide. However, since 2009 a tidal barrage at the river mouth retains high water in the Ouseburn at low tide, with the objective of providing a more pleasant environment alongside its banks at low tide, thus promoting development.
The lower Ouseburn Valley, whilst heavily industrialised in the past, serves as of 2013[update] as a hub for the arts and creative industries, and has a lively pub scene, noted for live music and real ale.