New plans for a two-million pound complete revival of Brooklands Park in Worthing have been revealed.
In a public meeting last night, councillors and design consultants Chris Blandford Associates unveiled proposals for a science adventure park and indoor leisure facility at Brooklands Park.
The lake has already been revived and these new plans are the next stage in the regeneration of Brooklands.
Worthing Borough Council said:
“The vision has been developed after input from more than 800 residents.
“The Friends of Brooklands Park have also been actively engaged in the process.”
New proposed features for the park include a new cafe and lakeside picnicking area at the heart of the park along with improved walks and fitness trails, areas for outdoor events and community activities, community gardens and an adventure play area.
Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, said:
“These plans have yet to be put before the Council for detailed discussion but we wanted the public to see what was in mind.
“I think the masterplan is really very exciting. It makes Brooklands a fantastic green space for families to enjoy.
“The lake is sparkling after our restoration so this is the next exciting step. It proves our commitment to preserving and indeed enhancing our green spaces as well as encouraging inward investment and new visitors to our town.”
There has been some controversy as the miniature railway will be removed.
Speaking to More Radio, Edward Crouch said:
“I think there is a huge amount of nostalgia around the train…
“…and actually in terms of looking at the theme of the area it is around ecology, it is around science and adventure.
“The idea of a highly polluting diesel train running through, disturbing that peace just doesn’t fit with the vision moving forward.”
Family-friendly attractions incorporated in the plans include an adventure playground, community gardens, outdoor education and den building area.
Sponsorship is to be sought from private businesses for some aspects, particularly technology companies given the science-based nature of the proposal, according to the Borough Council.
Increased car parking spaces and coach drop off areas are also envisaged in the new plans.
In a statement Chris Blandford Associates said:
“The park aims to provide ‘stimulation of the senses for people of all ages and abilities through hands-on play and exploration including sensory play equipment, acoustic play and temporary installations which can link to the wider health and well-being agenda”.
The Borough Council has announced the development of the park will take place in stages and said:
“Work could start next year with the timescale for possible completion depending on the success of attracting funds for some of the individual elements.”