Wednesday, 18 March 2015

If you visit one place in Ipswich this Summer make it Holywells Park

Today I was fortunate enough to visit Holywells park in South East Ipswich. Work is now almost complete after Ipswich Borough Council received a grant of £2.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BIG) for the Holywells "Parks For People" restoration project.

It really is a fantastic place to visit and so much more is now planned to make the park a great place to visit, and by Easter the new cafe in the stable block should be open. Other work that has been completed includes:

1. Park staff and volunteer facilities now provided in the leaf yard;
2. Entrances have been improved and made more welcoming; new and refurbished footpaths around the park now allow greater accessibility;
3. New CCTV will provide greater security;
4. New benches and seating;
5. Interpretation panels of the parks heritage and environmental features;
6. A new well-being trail with appropriate equipment and a new piece of electronic play equipment aimed at the teenagers who use the park.

For me the standout attractions will be the Stable Block visitor centre, the Orangery and the outdoor performance area.

So if you visit one place in Ipswich this Summer make it Holywells Park.

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