Funding puts Bude Park in Bransholme on the path to a vibrant new look
A BRANSHOLME park is set for change as work begins to improve its appearance.
Work to re-lay footpaths and improve facilities at Bude Park is due to start next month.
Groundwork, a charity that looks to improve communities, is working with Friends of Bude Park to complete the work.
A spokesman for Groundwork said the changes will benefit the whole North Carr area.
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He said: "The planned work will help improve the whole area and create a more appealing environment for both residents and visitors.
"The main aim of the project is to improve the visual appearance of the park to attract more users.
"At the moment the entrances to the park are not clear and visitors are unaware it is even there.
"All of the plans are now in place and the contract for the work has been sent to tender so, if everything goes to plan, the work will begin in early October."
According to Friends of Bude Park, the entrances in Ennerdale and John Newton Way become muddy during the winter, with residents from Sutton Park using the park as a cut-through to Kingswood Retail Park.
As well as improving the entrances and footpaths, the plans include adding seating, planting, artwork and notice boards throughout the park.
Ken Blacker, secretary of Sutton Park Residents' Association, said he was delighted the work was going ahead.
Mr Blacker, of Littondale, said: "A lot of people use the park to access the retail park but, if the weather is bad, you are forced to walk on muddy grass verges.
"There are a lot of elderly residents who live in the area but who like to walk to the shops instead of using public transport so these changes will be very welcome."
Long-term plans include connecting the two entrances with a newly constructed path so residents can walk through the park and join up with other walks around the area.
Kath Williamson, of Bodmin Road, said she uses public transport instead of walking through the park.
"The paths aren't safe so I use the bus to get to Asda," said the 78-year-old.
"I would much rather walk when the weather is nice so I am looking forward to the improvements, even if it will soon be winter."
Funding to support the scheme has been received from Awards For All and the Co-operative Community Fund. Final plans are waiting agreement from contractors, with work set to be completed by the end of October.