West End park revamp begins

Father Tom Davis.
Father Tom Davis.

Work is under way to give Regent Park a new lease of life.

One of the three bowling greens and the old tennis courts are being replaced with a brand new play area in the first phase of a plan to transform the West End park.

The official opening of the play area is scheduled for Monday, August 4 at noon.

The remainder of the plan, which will see improved landscaping, a junior football pitch and two multi-use games areas, will be carried out when funding becomes available.

Father Tom Davis, chairman of the Friends of Regent Park, said: “It’s taken us a while to get the funds together but what we’ve already done has exceeded our expectations. A lot of people are pleased that something is happening with the park. People are commenting on how good it looks already.”

He said fund raising will continue to complete the scheme. Father Tom also said the original plan was to remove one of the other bowling greens on the Albert Road side of the park but this had changed to the one nearest Regent Road after talks with the park bowling teams.

Some residents complained to The Visitor they had not been consulted about the changes but Father Tom said this was “an isolated incident”.

Coun David Smith, Lancaster City Council Cabinet member for parks and open spaces, said: “The work at Regent Park is a perfect example of how the council is working together with communities to develop much-needed local facilities.

“But there’s still much more to do.”

The new play area has been funded by Lancashire County Council, Lancaster City Council, Galbraith Trust, Morecambe Town Council and the Friends of Regent Park.

The work on Regent Park comes as Lancaster City Council prepares for Love Parks Week, which runs from July 25 to August 3 and will see activities in council parks including Williamson Park and Happy Mount Park.