Teessaurus Park

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Teessaurus Park
TypeSculpture Park
Coordinates54°35′20″N 1°14′53″W / 54.589°N 1.248°W / 54.589; -1.248Coordinates: 54°35′20″N 1°14′53″W / 54.589°N 1.248°W / 54.589; -1.248
Area10 acres (4.0 ha)
Operated byMiddlesbrough Council

Teessaurus Park is a 10 acre[1] urban grassland recreational area and sculpture park opened in 1979[1][2][3][4] in the Riverside Park light industrial estate, Middlesbrough, on the southern bank of the River Tees. It was built on a former slag heap[1][5] in what was the Ironmasters district[6] and represents, without any irony, the iron and steel industry that used to exist on the site and in the area. The park has its own small car park and has become something of a nature reserve.[7] The route of the Teesdale Way passes through the park.


'Teessaurus' - a painted steel sculpture of a triceratops and one of two infants.

The park was started as a result of entering an Art to Landscape competition organised by the Sunday Times and the Arts Council.[1] Middlesbrough Council had commissioned a life size painted steel sculpture of a triceratops called Teessaurus from Genevieve Glatt[1] that was fabricated by Harts of Stockton at a total cost of £16,000[1] and installed on a mound at the northern end of the park. The park was opened with this sculpture in 1979[2][3][4][6] and two infant triceratops were added later.[1] From 1987 onwards, a life size brachiosaurus, brontosaurus, mammoth, stegosaurus and tyrannosaurus sculptures were added at the sides of the park.[2][3][4][6] These sculptures were built by workers on the government Youth and Employment Training Scheme at Amarc Training and Safety.[3][6][8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Teessaurus". Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project. Kings College London. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Teessaurus Park". BBC Tees. BBC. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d "360 views: Teessaurus Park". BBC. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Stace, Alison; McNay, Michael; Thomas-Bailey, Carlene; Bell, Gavin; Cargill-Thompson, Jessica; Bennett, Oliver (4 April 2009). "Outdoor artworks". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Inside the Tees Corridor" (PDF). Tees Wildlife. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d "Dinosaurs and Mammoth". Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project. Kings College London. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Saving butterflies, moths and their habitats". Butterfly Conservation - Yorkshire Branch. Archived from the original on 6 April 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  8. ^ "Dinosaur Park - Teessaurus Park". Riverside Park, Middlesbrough. Retrieved 25 August 2009.

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