A new time capsule has been buried in the same part of Brooke Park where another 175-year-old one was uncovered earlier this year.
The new time capsule was inlaid in the foundations of a new cafe and children’s play zone being built on the site of the former Gwyn’s Institute, towards the Marlborough side of the park.
The time capsule was been constructed from grey plastic piping with water tight bungs at either end.
Inside are coins from today, and a bundle of documents charting the history of Brooke Park.
These include a series of photographs of the park from Victorian times through to today, including photos of Gwyn’s Institute and photos of the recently unearthed capsule and the restoration process, as well as the images of the current works ongoing in the park.
A foundation stone, honed out of one of the sandstone blocks Gwyn’s Institute was built with, was also inserted at the corner of the building on Wednesday afternoon, with Mayor of Derry & Strabane Elisha McCallion officiating at the event.
In keeping with the tradition of the previous time 1840 capsule, the new capsule was buried in the north eastern corner of the site, and bears the Roman numerals ‘MMXV’ (2015).
The new cafe/ play facility will form part of a wider regeneration of the park, with work now well under way to construct a new contact sport centre and horticulture centre in the Academy Road side of the park.
The reinstatement of the lavish oval pond feature in the centre of Brooke Park is also well under way.
Speaking on site this afternoon, Siobhan Dillon, Brooke Park Regeneration Project Manager, said: “Progress is going well. The first section of the new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) is well under way and work on the buildings is following through.”
She added that the new Pavillion cafe and play area facility will be “very beneficial” for local people.
Colin Kennedy, the council’s Parks Development Manager, said: “It’s a very significant day. The purpose is to lay a corner stone in the north east corner of the Pavillion. This is symbolic because the original corner stone, the foundation stone that would have been laid there 175 years ago.”
He added: “This site is progressing very well despite the inclement weather. We started on February 2 and we are on programme to complete early summer 2016.
“We have an excellent contractor on board Woodvale Construction. Everything is going to plan, so far so good, but we will obviously keep that under review over the winter months.”
Mayor of Derry Elisha McCallion meanwhile said: “It is a very significant day in the calendar here in the city. Obviously we are putting the time capsule now into Brooke Park which will incorporate not only things from today, modern day lifer but also some of the momentous stuff we found in the original time capsule, so yes its a hugely significant day and a hugely historic day for us in the city.”