Improvement works at Basildon park

Mick Ferris

Significant improvement works have taken place within Northlands Park, Basildon.

The footpaths around the park have been completely resurfaced to create a smoother and safer walk for residents. The viewing platform has also been brought back into use, being fitted with new decking boards and handrails to provide views across the lake and park.

The most significant change is the rebuilding of the bridge across the lake that has been inaccessible in recent years. This means a full lap can now be completed of the lake, which will greatly improve accessibility as well as convenience for walkers.

Major improvements have also been made to the fishing experience, with over a dozen of our lake spots being fitted with brand new angling swims, and tree surgery taking place around the lake too to improve visibility and ensure fishing lines don’t get caught in the branches.

Cabinet member for health, wellbeing, leisure, arts and culture Cllr Jeff Henry, said: “These recent works have brought significant improvements to the visitor experience at one of our flagship parks.

“Northlands Park was already a great location in our borough to fish, walk, relax, and play, but these transformative changes have really taken it up a level where residents can be even prouder of their local park.

“And we’re not stopping there – later this year we’ve got the installation of our brand new skatepark, ball court and play area within the park, which will make it an even better location for residents to enjoy.”

The entrance of the park has also seen a re-vamp; geraniums have been planted in the four flower beds ready for the summer period, and two wildflower areas have been laid to improve the biodiversity and attractiveness of the park. It is also home to one of our five recently planted jubilee tree circles across the borough.

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Mick Ferris

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