The development of the Riverside Park and Marina area on the south bank of the Tyne began in the 1970's. Land was reclaimed from 75 acres of derelict land once dominated by ship building, alkali, copper and sulphur works to transform the riverside into an attractive leisure area with a surprising variety of wildlife.
The black painted cut-steel viewpoint markers and nearby bench were designed by Matthew Jarratt and Neil Canavan in conjunction with local school and community groups in 1996.
In 2009 the artwork called Flash@Hebburn designed by Charles Quick was installed on the river banks. It gives out sequences of lights that evoke the flashes and sparks produced by coal mining, ship building, steelworks and other heavy industries that in the past dominated the banks of the Tyne and Wear rivers.