Published: Thursday, 23rd March 2017
The completion of £3.64million Wilton Lodge Park regeneration project is getting ever closer, with a series of facilities preparing to open.
Café and bridge
The contractor and design team have now informed us that the café will be complete at the end of May 2017.
The delay is disappointing for all involved in the project, but we are working with the team to complete the remaining work as soon as possible.
A tendering exercise to appoint an operator of the café is underway, with interest expressed from several parties through an open day and individual visits scheduled to the café site.
It is hoped the tendering exercise will be concluded as early as possible to allow the café to be fitted out at the same time as construction of the facility is concluded.
The new bridge was lifted into place in February.
The £300,000 new play-park officially opened last Friday (17 March), with hundreds of children enjoying the facility during the first weekend.
Excitement in the new facility was evident in the local community, with a video of the new park posted on our Facebook page attracting 14,000 views.
Dog owners are asked to keep their pets out of the play-park, with signage in place to remind owners.
Unfortunately, there have been several reported incidents of misuse of the play-park during the first weekend, spoiling the attraction for visitors and families. These incidents have been reported to the police who will continue to give the area passing attention and take appropriate action against anyone found to be involved in criminal activity. In addition, the Council will be shortly putting in place security cameras to monitor the behaviour of park users.
Planning permission has been received this month to remove the old play-park at Volunteer Park and replace it with 36 new parking spaces for visitors to Wilton Lodge Park and the sports facilities in Volunteer Park.
Gilbert Davidson Fountain and footpath/cycleway improvements
The landscaping and refurbishment works are close to completion and the fountain is expected to be opened up in the coming weeks once the seeding is established.
The footpath/cycleway works will continue until the end of March. These works will see improvements to the surface of footway/cycleway, lighting and signage thanks to an additional £100,000 of funding from SUSTRANS as well as match funding from us and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
A further £20,000 from Smarter Choices, Smarter Placed fund will be used to promote cycling to further enhance Wilton Lodge Park, with the first cycling event held last Sunday.
Images are available at our Flickr page.
The Wilton Lodge Park regeneration project is jointly funded by us and HLF.