Brooke Park revamp '˜nearing completion'

The final stage of works at Brooke Park is 'nearing completion,' the local council has said following a delay to facilitate additional drainage works.

Tuesday, 30th August 2016, 9:05 am
Updated Tuesday, 30th August 2016, 10:06 am
View from the top of the park with the new play park and Gwyn's Pavillion cafe below.

The £5.6m project got under way in January 2015 and will see the park restored to its former glory, with a range of new facilities.

It had been hoped that the grand re-opening of the park would take place in late summer or early autumn, and council officials said the end of the project is now in sight.

A council spokesperson confirmed that the final stage of the regeneration was now almost finished.

She said: “Unfortunately that process has been delayed because additional drainage to planted areas has to be installed late in the programme. This work is currently being planned.

“Council appreciate the continued co-operation and patience of the public in the delivery of this extensive project which will be a significant addition to life in the city and district when completed.”

The spokeswoman added: “The final stage of the project will include the opening of the full park to the public including on site sports and leisure facilities, a children’s play environment and the new Gwyn’s Pavilion building and café.”

The regeneration project will see a total transformation of Brooke Park’s lands, sports and leisure facilities.

New facilities will include a state-of-the-art play garden and Gwyn’s Pavilion double glass fronted cafe, as well as new synthetic pitches, which have already opened.

Other facilities include a new horticulture training centre and contact sports centre, with allotments.

New outdoor furniture has been installed, while the restoration of other historic park features such as the ornate oval pond and extensive planting to bring a splash of colour across the park.

The historic park dates back to the 1800s when the Gwyn’s Institute Home for Boys was opened, becoming the first orphanage to be located in the city.