Plans submitted for Brooke Park regeneration

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Derry City Council has lodged a full planning application for the regeneration of a historic city park.

The project will see a “complete overhaul” of Brooke Park, with new sports and leisure facilities at a cost of £4.4 million.

The plans are due to be displayed at Brook Park Leisure Centre within the next month for local residents to give feedback to council officers.

John Kelpie, Derry City Council’s Strategic Director, said: “The regeneration proposals are extensive and will make the park more user-friendly.

He added: “Planned works will transform this important green space in keeping with the historical character of the park and will include the restoration of old and creation of new features.”

The council said that classic features such as the gate lodge, railings, historic entrances and Robert Ferguson Statue will be refurbished.

There is also a proposal to reinstate the park’s oval pond and to develop a state-of-the-art play garden.

Derry City Council has announced plans to dramatically enhance sports facilities and to create a flootlit 3G facility in the disused tennis courts and basketball courts.

The ‘Sparta Hut’ will be demolished and replaced with a modern two story Contact Sports Centre catering for sports such as Boxing, Weightlifting, Jujitsu, Karate and Football.

A new Horticulture Training Centre is also planned within the walled garden. This centre will accommodate both Council Grounds Maintenance Staff and Conservation Volunteers (NI).

An outdoor growing area will provide volunteer training opportunities to adults and young people using Brooke Park.

The council also hopes that local schools will be actively engaged in using the park as an outdoor classroom.