Daventry Country Park is set to undergo 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 will be 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 will be 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 will be improved, the courtyard will be levelled and paved, windows and doors will be refurbished and modern shutters will be installed.
The cafe will close for about eight weeks from 20 January while the work is completed.
Estimated completion date: End March 2020
Walkways and bridges
WORK TO START IN JANUARY: Work began on 6 January to refurbish the Marsh Walkway. It is expected to take about five weeks to complete, with the walkway remaining open on evenings and weekends where possible. When it is closed there is an alternative route through the meadows via a stile, though unfortunately this is not accessible for all.
Once work on the walkway has finished, the contractor will start on the bridges along this side of the reservoir. This is again expected to take around five weeks to complete, so should be finished by mid-March, weather permitting.
Estimated completion date: Mid March 2020
Footpaths, signage and seating
Footpaths will be improved throughout the Community Sensory Garden and along the circular walk around the reservoir. New improved signage and seating will be provided around the park.
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.