Brooklands: New plans unveiled to transform park into a magical new landmark destination
Spectacular images of the plans to transform Brooklands Park into a magical destination have been released as more than £3m is earmarked to fund the next stage of development.
A map of the new landmark shows a park that will be fit for playing, resting and learning with a number of new glades, new picnic areas, an adventure playground and a state-of-the-art cafe just some of the new attractions planned.
A contemplation garden either side of the Teville Stream is also to be created with new planting adding to a sensory nature of the entire park.
Executive members of Worthing Borough Council are being recommended to approve £2.35m extra funding to bring the the vision to reality with borrowing making up most of the sum.
Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, Cllr Edward Crouch, said, ‘I think these plans are fantastic. We said we would deliver something magnificent for Brooklands, to bring it back to a real destination location.
‘The plans allow people, young and old, to have great fun in the park but also learn about nature and find quiet spaces to relax. I believe Brooklands will be returned to a jewel in the crown landmark for Worthing.’
The original plan for the redevelopment of Brooklands stated that it should be a science nature park with the emphasis on fun learning, supporting the STEM school curriculum, while also encouraging wellbeing through outdoor activity. People with all needs should be catered for with new gateways, paths and seating areas suitable for those with disability.
Now included in the plans are:
- A new visitor hub including cafe with internal and external seating powered from sustainable resources.
- An adventure play area to house 30 pieces of equipment, two of which are climbing frames more than 4 metres high
- An outdoor space for multi use events such as frisbee, football or other activities surrounded by seating
- A contemplative garden bordering the Teville Stream with new sensory planting
- A new accessible pathway circumnavigating the lake with seating areas and shelters
- A 2.5k fitness trail around the park
- A number of glades on the old golf course, including Community Garden, Play and Build, Nature, Wind and Winter, discrete areas sheltered by planting allowing for different community activities including food growing, seed sowing, play dens, bug hotels and bird boxes.
- Windmill oxygenators (I think two?) for the lake as well as windmills and chimes in the Wind Glade.
- A mount celebrating the highest point in the park, from which views of the sea gives a strong sense of place.
The Council has already funded the dredging and environmental enhancement of the lake which was completed in 2018 as well as the Valley Gardens section of Teville Stream. Now a more technical design, by Turkington Martin Landscape Architects, is to be drawn up ahead of inviting companies to bid for the construction phase. The cafe and two pieces of play equipment above 4m have already been submitted for planning approval. It is hoped construction can be underway by this year.
Members of the Worthing Borough Council executive will be asked to formally approve the next stage of the plans and the funding at a meeting of Adur & Worthing Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee next Tuesday (March 10).