Brooklands Park work begins

The diggers are swinging into action at Brooklands Park as work to revitalise the popular area gets underway.

As part of an exciting £3 million regeneration project, contractor Blakedown Landscapes has already dug out the perimeter pathway with edging. The entire project is expected to take around a year to complete, but it is hoped the park will then attract more visitors to the area and provide a boost to the economy - as well as being a great day out.

Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, said:

“It’s great to see work starting in earnest down at Brooklands. Like many residents, I have fond memories of the park from my childhood and am excited that we are creating a destination park where new memories will be created.

"As we reawaken Brooklands, we need to strike the right balance for the various users of the park., What I believe people will see is a park that will attract not only visitors from the local area, but will also draw people in from the region. will be a fantastic place to be when finished.”

Friends of Brooklands is a community group interested in the regeneration of the park and they are delighted to see work begin.

Member Francoise Lemire said:

“We are really pleased this is happening. The new cafe will be a great place to hold our meetings. There will be something here for the whole community and for all ages, as well as ensuring we have a lovely green space for wildlife which is much more accessible and user-friendly.”

As part of Worthing Borough Council’s masterplan to regenerate the park, there will be the addition of a modern lakeside cafe constructed with sustainable wooden materials, indoor seating and outdoor meeting spaces for visitors, plus a new Changing Places accessible toilet.

There is an opportunity to lease 1,087 sq ft (100.98 sq m) of cafe space and additional outside seating area with hopes the selected tenant is in place for the opening of the new cafe and play area in early 2023. Full details can be found here.

The project will also see an adventure play area built, outdoor space created for events such as football and frisbee complete with seating, a contemplative garden with sensory plants, pathways, fitness trails, as well as space to hold community and environmental activities.

Certain areas of the park will be closed to the public at varying times as work continues and the Western Road car park and adjacent toilets remain shut until next year. Notices around the park will advise on future closures.

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