£568,000 boost for Brooke Park

Nelson McCausland.
Nelson McCausland.

The Department for Social Development (DSD) has approved £568,600 to complete the funding package of £5.6million for the regeneration of Brooke Park.

The project will transform 19 acres of public parkland in the heart of Londonderry. Work is due to commence on the project later this year with the wider regeneration due for completion late 2016.

Following completion of the project the park will be managed through a 10 Year Management and Maintenance Plan.

Derry City Council has allocated extra resources to implement the Plan including providing three additional members of staff.

Speaking about the project Minister McCausland said: “Brooke Park is an historic green space with listed structures that date back as far as 1840. Over the years it has fallen somewhat into disrepair.

“I am delighted that my department has been able to contribute almost £570,000, which will complete the final piece of the funding jigsaw for this excellent project. Work can now get underway to enable the park to become a family friendly historic and cultural landscape that will benefit all the residents of Londonderry.”

The Minister added: “I look forward to getting the opportunity to visit the regenerated park, which will improve the health and well being of the local community as well as adding to the city’s portfolio of tourist attractions.”

Some of the substantial improvements include the restoration of the Gatelodge and statue of Sir Robert Ferguson, provision of a new pavilion and play garden, the re-instatement of the ornamental oval pond, creation of a new Horticulture Training Centre and growing area and a new Contact Sports Centre.

A Multi Usage Games Area will also be provided and there will be improvements to the Bowling Club facilities, car parking, access, enhanced wildlife habitat and furniture.