7 March 2014
Eureka Park in Swadlincote is being lovingly restored with a grant of over half a million pounds awarded to South Derbyshire District Council from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund through their Parks for People programme.
Contractor Jack Moodys Limited has moved on site and is already working on the bowling green area where the footpaths and furniture will be upgraded and the shrub beds will be replenished with new colourful plants. The team will then be refurbishing the tennis courts with new metal fencing.
They will then move on to the area around the Memorial Gates on Midland Road, where the original gates of 1926 will be removed to be sympathetically restored by a specialist contractor and surfacing works will take place.
Cllr Bob Wheeler, Leader of South Derbyshire District Council said “It is really exciting to see Eureka Park and its important historical features restored for local people’s enjoyment.
“June will be a sensational time with the construction of a new water play area on the site of the old paddling pool and the re-creation of the old rose garden originally laid out in 1937 to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI.
“The water play area will include the reopening of the original water channel to create a natural looking stream ideal for paddling and playing with water. Family picnics here we come!”
The much-loved floral clock, which was another feature added in 1937 will be reinstated as a sun-dial feature, designed by the artist who created the Olympic Park sun dial.
In July, the old bandstand and amphitheatre will be redefined with new surfacing and the refurbishment of the original stone walls. A new electric supply will be installed to open up opportunities for dance, theatre and school outdoor performances. The traditional sounds of brass bands could once again be heard in Eureka Park.
Cllr Bob Wheeler concluded, “Weather permitting, all the works are due to be completed towards the end of August 2014. Then it’s time to look out for events and activities at the Park to celebrate the restoration of Swadlincote’s green gem.”
To find out more about the Eureka Park restoration works or the Invisible Heritage Project, people should contact Bethan Scragg on 01283 228766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org