Kiosk is open for business as park investment takes shape

The first ever café in a Heanor Park has opened as part of a £400,000 redevelopment project which also includes a new bandstand to mark the Queen's Jubilee.

A major investment project was launched in 2009 which has since seen the introduction of new play equipment, improvements to the park's toilets and the conversion of an underused building into a modern refreshment kiosk. The most recent phase of improvements also includes new paths, landscaping, signage and the refurbishment of the war memorial as well as new CCTV, electrical supply and drainage. The entire works are expected to be completed in October when the park will officially open as part of a grand opening ceremony.

An appeal was launched in January 2011 for a commercial operator to take on the running of the Kiosk which cost around £40,000 to convert . The successful bidder was 23 year old Vicky Rogan from Langley Mill who started operating the café this summer with the help of her father and sister.

Vicky is the first person to operate a food business in the park's history. She says she's hopeful of making it a success. "It's been really busy during the hot weather and I'm particularly grateful for the support of some of the local businesses who often get their lunch from the Kiosk providing a very welcome regular trade."

Cabinet Member for Green and Thriving Places to Live, Councillor Jack Brown MBE said:  "Early signs suggest the Kiosk is doing well and I wish Vicky and her family all the very best for a successful venture. The completion of the bandstand and the opening of The Kiosk marks a pivotal stage in the development of Heanor Memorial Park. The play area and paddling pool have already proved a huge hit with local children - We hope the Kiosk will add to the experience for parents and children visiting the park"

The Kiosk serves hot and cold food, quality coffee and tea as well as cold drinks and a range of cakes, sweets and ice creams as well as homemade cupcakes, served from a specially converted building. The Kiosk is located within the play area  - a few minutes' walk from Heanor's Market Place and near to the William Gregg VC Leisure Centre. Parking is available off Hands Road.

The total investment in Heanor Memorial park amounts to £416,000 sourced from a variety of government grants secured by Amber Valley Borough Council officers, and lottery funding allocated strictly for parks development and at no extra cost to the local taxpayer.

For further information please contact Luke Barrett Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email luke.barrett@ambervalley.gov.uk

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