Have you discovered Ashford's largest and most central park yet?
There's something for everyone at Victoria Park and Watercress Fields, including a wealth of history, exciting play spaces, interesting ecology, and quiet spaces to relax.
The park has a pivotal role to play in connecting residents with the town's history, the local area and the built, cultural and natural heritage of the site. Not only that, but it is also a great space to explore the environment and access the great outdoors.
The park is going to get a new lease of life thanks to a grant of more than £3m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.
The funding, thanks to National Lottery players, means the council can deliver its exciting plans to redevelop and restore Victoria Park. Alongside the grant, the rest of the project is being funded by a mixture of section 106 contributions from local developments, direct contributions from Ashford Borough Council and in-kind commitment from organisations such as the Friends of Victoria Park and other community groups.
Proposals include a new children’s play area, improvements to the river, improved lighting across the park, and a new community hub building with café, and new toilets. The iconic Grade II Listed Hubert Fountain and the surrounding piazza area will also be restored and repaired.
The plans are now being prepared and finalised and there will be plenty of opportunity for the community to be involved in the improvement project. The project also includes funding for some new staff members. When they are in place, the council will be able to prepare some of the initial landscaping works that should be taking place during the coming winter.
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