Daventry Country Park is undergoing major improvements. £850,000 has been approved for the project to improve the circular paths, building new walkways and jetties, and improve the café area and toilets at the Green Flag Award-winning Park.
Here is an outline of the work which will be carried out:
Visitor Centre, cafe and toilets
WORK IN PROGRESS: The toilets by the Visitor Centre are being transformed in order to provide seven self-contained, unisex cubicles. Two of the cubicles will be accessible and will offer change facilities, with one of the cubicles featuring an adult-sized changing bench. All of the cubicles will be large enough to accommodate a single pushchair. Portable toilets will be provided on a temporary basis while the work is completed.
The Café is being improved and extended, creating a cosy indoor seating area with an internal servery in what was the Visitor Centre. The new-look café will also benefit from a larger kitchen area, allowing it to offer a bigger and better menu. Visitor information will be on display in the café seating area, and there will be an education room upstairs for small groups.
Outside, the covered seating area is being improved, the courtyard levelled and paved, windows and doors refurbished and modern shutters installed.
Estimated completion date: This work was delayed due to the Covid-19 restrictions. We hope to have it completed in the summer, but please be aware that in the meantime there are no toilet facilities on site.
Footpaths, signage and seating
WORK IN PROGRESS: The footpaths along the circular walk around the reservoir and throughout the Community Sensory Garden are being improved. Sections of damaged footpath totalling around 2km in length will be restored and resurfaced with Breedon gravel, a natural looking material suitable for wheelchairs, walking frames and mobility scooters.
Unfortunately, areas of the path will have to be closed off to allow work to take place, meaning visitors will be unable to complete a full circuit of the park’s circular reservoir walk for the duration of the programme.
Work will begin on the western side of the park on Monday, 27 July, when the footpath will be closed from the end of the Marsh Walkway down to the southern entrance near the iCon building. This phase of work is expected to take around five to six weeks to complete.
Estimated completion date: The resurfacing programme is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete.
The red dotted section on the map below show which pathways are currently closed.
A replacement pier with improved access will be installed near the Visitor Centre. A new jetty will also be built on the opposite side of Lovell’s Bay, providing a safer spot from which to view wildlife, as well as offering a staging point for water sports.
COMPLETED APRIL 2019: New equipment has been installed in the play area, including a castle-themed fort with lots of different activities, new swings, some smaller items for toddlers, and a refurbished zip wire.
Walkways and bridges
COMPLETED SPRING 2020: The Marsh Walkway and bridges along the western edge of the reservoir have been improved and refurbished.