New garden plan takes root

PUBLISHED: 16:53 19 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

The Town Centre Gardens

The Town Centre Gardens

Stevenage Town Centre Gardens are showing their age. The main park in the centre of the town was created over 40 years ago. Now it is urgently in need of a facelift to transform it from an overgrown, underused, uninviting area into an accessible, valued p

Stevenage Town Centre Gardens are showing their age.

The main park in the centre of the town was created over 40 years ago.

Now it is urgently in need of a facelift to transform it from an overgrown, underused, uninviting area into an accessible, valued public park for everyone to enjoy.

Stevenage Borough Council has secured a £500,000 grant to fund consultation and master planning stages for a new-look park, along with some improvements to access.

The public were asked for their views at the park in the summer.

Now their help is being sought again with the master plan which will lead to the submission of a Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People application to implement it.

Consultants are working on a design strategy for the gardens which recognises the park's heritage status as the first new town centre gardens.

The project is to develop a high-quality staged master plan that incorporates community involvement at the earliest stage.

Through a series of arts-led workshops, people are introduced to the concept of 'placemaking' with community-based teams being led by an artist and landscape architect, building on the consultation work already done in the summer.

Placemaking events are being held on October 31 and November 14. Organisers are looking for people who live near the Town Centre Gardens, or work in the town centre to join them for some refreshments and a chat to help them find out what they think of the park.

To find out more about the events, send a text message to 07794 552107 or email info@gunpowderpark.org with the subject 'TELL ME MORE'.

The master plan should be complete by January and the Heritage Lottery Fund bid will be submitted the next month.

The limited improvement works already funded will be done next spring. If the Lottery Fund bid is successful, work on the park will be complete in 2008.


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