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, with the visitor centre converted into an indoor seating area which will also offer visitor information. The covered seating area outside will be improved with new lighting and insulation, the courtyard will be levelled and paved, windows and doors will be refurbished and modern shutters will be installed along with additional alarm sensors to improve security. The cafe is expected to close for about eight weeks from 20 January while the work is completed. The Rangers’ office will be relocated to the first floor of the building to accommodate the café extension.
Estimated completion date: March 2020
Improved footpaths, signage and benches
Footpaths will be improved throughout the Community Sensory Garden and along the circular walk around the reservoir. Two timber footbridges will also be repaired near the southern entrance along with the Walkway Marsh. 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.