Park Improvements

Daventry Country Park improvement plans

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.


Piers/jetties

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.


New playground

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. 

 

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Tesco's Bags of Help

Alongside these major improvements, the Council bagged £2,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme to help improve its Community Sensory Garden.  

The Garden was one of three projects shortlisted locally for the supermarket’s initiative, which sees money raised from carrier bag sales awarded to local community groups. 

Daventry Country Park came second in the vote, meaning it received £2,000 to make a range of improvements to the garden, including a sensory water feature, an improved planting scheme with a greater variety of colours and scents, and the installation of tactile educational information and activities.


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