Tales of the Tees – Teessaurus Park


Teessaurus Park

This small park, located in the heart of a large industrial estate on the banks of the River Tees was opened in 1979. It gives a green space in an industrial area and is often full of employees from the many local businesses at lunch or break times who want a bit of fresh air and greenery. 

It has a path running around the perimeter that takes in a fair amount of the river bank with the Teesdale Way leading off both up and downstream. There are many information cards about the history of the area. This was formerly known as the ‘Ironmasters’ District’ due to the many steel and iron foundries in the area.


Its name though comes from the large steel dinosaurs that now punctuate the path around the park. They were first installed in 1987 but recently refurbished (and lit). They are an interesting distraction on a trip along this industrial end of Middlesbrough and the closest most people will get to a dinosaur skeleton in the area! 

Other resources

Brief info about the park

Info about a walk from the barrage to the park celebrating industrial heritage (inc video)

Video visit

Image search for old Ironmasters’ area of Middlesbrough

Old Maps online with maps from various different periods in the area’s history