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
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. "