Daventry Country Park is set to undergo major improvements this year after councillors agreed funding.
A £235,000 project to transform the play area is already underway, with work due to start next week in preparation for an Easter opening.
And at last night’s Daventry District Council meeting, Members agreed to spend a further £530,000 improving paths, building new walkways and jetties, and improving the café area and toilets at the Green Flag Award-winning Park.
The work will be carried out in phases, as follows:
Phase One will see new equipment 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. Estimated completion: Easter 2019.
Phase Two will see pathways in the Community Sensory Garden and along the western side of the reservoir resurfaced. Two timber footbridges near the southern entrance will be replaced, and 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.
Estimated completion: late spring/early summer 2019.
Phase Three will involve the replacement of the timber marsh walkway on the western side of the reservoir, together with the resurfacing of paths on the eastern side. The toilets next to the Visitor Centre will be fully refurbished and signage throughout the park will be improved. Estimated completion: Autumn 2019.
Phase Four will see the Reservoir Café completely refurbished, with extensions planned to both the kitchen area and the outside refreshments area. The courtyard will be repaved and a new canopy installed over the covered seating area. Estimated completion: Autumn/Winter 2019.
Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure at Daventry District Council, said: “We are very proud of Daventry Country Park, which has been a well-loved feature of Daventry for more than 40 years.
“It draws in many thousands of visitors from Daventry and the surrounding area each year, so it’s important we continue to improve and enhance it for the benefit of everyone.
“Many of the improvements focus on making the Park safer and more accessible, which is very important to us. It’s the biggest set of improvements at the park in more than 20 years, but we have phased the programme of work in order to minimise disruption. We want to ensure visitors can still enjoy the park during the improvements safely.
“These improvements will benefit visitors for many years to come, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the work progress over the next twelve months.”
People can keep up with the improvement work via the Country Park’s Facebook page or at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/countrypark