Work begins on Central Park events field


Work will begin on the latest part of the Central Park improvements plan this week.

The Events Field, located to the south west of the clock tower, between the skate park and the play area, is due to get a long-awaited makeover to ensure that it is fit for the future.

Regular visitors to the park will know that the field is used for visiting events like the circus and fair which draw a lot of people into the park. However, the field suffers from poor drainage which means it often floods, making it inaccessible and unsightly for a large part of the year.

The improvements will provide new and improved drainage facilities and a grass paving surface which allows grass to grow through as well as withstand the weight of heavy vehicles. This will prevent the site from flooding or damage from heavy vehicles and footfall, keeping it usable and presentable all year round.

Mains electricity and water points will also be installed to remove the need for noisy generators or water pipes that cross main paths.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Street Scene, said: “I’m really pleased to see work get underway on the events field.

“Damage has been caused to this area for many, many years so to be able to provide a long-term solution that will improve the look of the park is very satisfying.”

The newly improved field will enable the Council to host more family-friendly events to encourage a wider range of people into the park for health and well-being and to enjoy its natural environment.

The works will be carried out by SWH and expect to continue into the Autumn.

More information on the Central Park improvements programme can be found here.