Bandstand is showpiece in major revamp at Heanor park

he final and most major phase of redevelopment work has started at Heanor Memorial Park as part of a £300,000 project to renovate the park. It follows the commitment made by the Council Leader two years ago about renewed investment to improve Heanor. The scheme, which is just one element of the town's investment programme comprises new paths, furniture and a brand-new £80,000 multipurpose bandstand to be installed for events and festivals.

The cenotaph, which commemorates those who died in the armed conflicts, is also to be refurbished as part of the works. The memorial and the public rights of way to the park will be closed for a short period from time to time as a result of the works. Posters informing people of the disruption will be put up around the park and diversions will re-direct people throughout the renovation project.

As part of the redevelopment, the pond at the bottom of the park will also be redesigned in the autumn, to allow the frogs and newts to hibernate for the winter.

The scheme, which has been carried out in phases, started two years ago with the refurbishment of the Play Area and the introduction of educational equipment in the paddling pool area and a new refreshment kiosk. The previous phases also included the restoration of the park's historic gates, which were painstakingly renovated and returned. This final, major phase is expected to be completed by December 2011.

Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Councillor Jack Brown MBE said: "This is the final push in what represents the biggest change to parks in Heanor for generations. We hope the redevelopment will turn the park from a recreational facility into somewhere families can treat as a destination. It's no less that the people of Heanor deserve and I hope the improvements will encourage people to use the parks for many years to come. "

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