Councillors updated on Brooke Park plans

The new look Brooke Park.
The new look Brooke Park.

Derry City and Strabane District councillors have been given an update on plans for the regeneration of Brooke Park.

At this week’s meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Committee councillors were told of plans for a cafe on the site which will be franchised out, and a high quality play area.

Plans are also afoot to restore and establish the Gate Lodge as a customer/visitor point where visitors can find out more about the park, news, history and events.

The ‘Black Man’ statue will be restored along with gates and railings and boundary walls.

The oval pond will be restored and will be a focal point in the park and the park’s path network, seating, street furniture and lighting will also be upgraded.

A horticulture training centre will be placed in the park and parks maintenance staff will be housed within this new building.

There will also be a state of the art contact sports centre catering for boxing, weight lifting, jujitsu, karate and football training with associated meeting room and the old Sparta huts will be demolished.

SDLP councillor Angela Dobbins welcomed the update.

“I have very fond memories of Brooke Park,” she said.

“My family have millions of slides from the park.

“The work being done to bring it back to its former glory has to be welcomed.

“It will only be of benefit to the city.”

Maurice Devenney of the DUP also welcomed the update and remarked on some of the visitors that have been to the park including Queen Elizabeth in 1953.

Sinn Fein’s Kevin Campbell also said he has fond memories of the park and welcomed the work.