Work is ongoing on a £400,000 revamp of St Columb’s Park in Derry’s Waterside.
Work started last month on the improvements, which will include new lighting, signs, seats and bins along the main avenue to St Columb’s Park House.
The paths throughout the park will also be upgraded and the fence around the helicopter pads will be removed to open up the space in the park and the environs of St Columb’s Park House.
The allotments in St Columb’s will also benefit from a new perimeter fence and an upgraded access path.
DSD minister Mervyn Storey, whose department is helping fund the improvements, visited the park in recent days.
He said: “St Columb’s Park is one of the main shared spaces within Londonderry. It is used on a daily basis by both pedestrians and cyclists for recreation and to commute in and out of the city. The improvement works, being funded by my Department, will be ready in time for Spring and will enhance the quality of the park for everyone who comes to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and the outstanding facilities available.”
The project is being delivered by the Parks Development Service of Derry City Council
The city’s Mayor Brendan Stevenson said: “This is a significant investment from the DSD that will allow us to carry out further pathway improvement works, upgrade park furniture, enhance the allotments and provide a new car park at St Columb’s Park House. This is part of a long term development initiative by Council and its partners to regenerate the park and provide better facilities and enhanced green space within the city... The planned works not only carry huge social and community benefits but will also preserve the park’s unique history and make it more accessible to everyone. I look forward to seeing works completed by late Spring.”