New park is a hit with croquet players

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People4 of all ages got a glimpse of the newly restored facilities at Worth Park during a free croquet fun day.

The park was full all day on Tuesday last week with visitors, ranging from experienced pensioners, to toddlers who stood shorter than a mallet.

Members of the Crawley Town Access Group (TAG), who have helped improve disabled access to the park, also took part.

Edwina Livesey, project participation officer for Crawley Borough Council, said the day had been a huge hit and they had even run out of mallets at one point.

She explained that the free family fun day was organised as part of the five-year restoration project at the park.

She said: “We’re working hard to transform the park back to a place everyone can enjoy.

”It’s also a great new opportunity for Crawley residents of all ages to get together, have fun, learn new skills and make an important contribution to the community.”

The project, which began at the start of 2013, has used a grant of £2.42m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and £975,000 from CBC, to restor key features of the park including Ridley’s Court and improve community involvement, attractions for children, and hold more events.

Edwina said much of the work on the main fountain and terrace were now complete and the fountain should be open within a few weeks.

She said: “The fountain is a huge project. It’s bigger than the one at Buckingham Palace.

“We have been repairing the steps with new York stone and there’s new balustrades all in Pulhamite terracotta along the Italian terrace and all along the formal gardens.

“It’s really exciting, it’s going to look absolutely beautiful when it’s done.”

Work on the lake is still to be completed and will include the creation of a new circular path, restoration of the Pulhamite islands, water quality and edge improvements and woodland and ecological management.

Work on Ridleys Court will include restoration of key features of the building and creation of new community facilities.

Landscaping of the gardens will include tree and shrub planting.

For up-to-date information on Worth Park visit www.crawley.gov.uk/worthpark or for information on activities at the park please contact Edwina Livesey on 01293 438027 or at edwina.livesey@crawley.gov.uk