Vale Park project moves forward
Archived press release
Date Published: 01/06/09
Vale Park continues its restoration and renovation
Work is about to start on the next phase of the redevelopment of Aylesbury’s Vale Park.
The work is part of an exciting project led by Aylesbury Vale District Council to regenerate and improve the park while meeting the needs of today’s users.
Improvements to date have involved installing a new children’s play area and creating a new sports zone equipped with tennis courts, bowling green and multi-sports area. The old tennis courts have also been removed and have been replaced with a large open area of grass.
The next phase of the project, which begins on 8 June, is to create a new entrance near to the underpass and a central avenue through the park to provide a better link with the town centre.
Other work to be completed this summer includes the renovation of the footpath leading from the formal gardens entrance to the drinking fountain and the removal of the railings along Lovers’ Walk from the new entrance up to the bowls green.
The existing formal gardens and shelter will also be removed in preparation for a new formal garden layout. The new formal garden beds will be planted this winter.
Other exciting developments this winter will be the planting of Liquidambar trees along the new avenue and the renovation of the existing shrub beds.
As funding becomes available, the council also intends to install lighting along the main routes, renovate the railings and brick piers along the High Street and make improvements to the toilet building.
Vale Park was created in the 1920s but its use actually dates back to the 1800s with elements of the earlier landscape, such as the rare black poplar trees, still there today.
Lesley Davies, Green Spaces Team Manager at AVDC, said: “This certainly promises to be an important year in the life of this important town park and sends out a clear signal of the council’s intent to protect and invest in our public spaces. We want to create a park that can be enjoyed by everyone and the work that will be carried out this summer and winter will see the transformation of what is already a fantastic park into something really special.”
Vale Park will remain open during the work, but park users are advised to pay particular attention to all diversion signs.
For more details about the project, visit the council’s website or call 01296 585210.