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Parks for People Project

One of the key new features of Ipswich’s Holywells Park £3.5 million renovation project will be unveiled next week … much to the relief of visitors!

holywellsA new toilet block and changing facility has been built next to the children’s play area, so families will no longer have to trudge up the hill to the Stable Block and back again. The kiosk will not be opened until a catering operator has been appointed.

The Parks For People restoration is well under way. Ipswich Borough Council received a grant of £2.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and this has been supplemented by funding from the Friends of Holywells Park and by the Council.

Among the other improvements on the way are a visitor centre, which includes a café and more public toilets, in the Stable Block, the restoration of the Orangery, an open-air theatre space and better paths and access. Three ponds have been desilted and the overall construction project should be completed by the end of the year.

As well as improving the park’s unique heritage, the project will enable the Council and Friends to put on more activities in Holywells.

A series of family fun days is currently taking place on Wednesday afternoons in the park from noon to 4pm.

The Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Bill Quinton, will officially open the new toilet block on Wednesday 6th August at 10am.

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