River Park Plan Update
It has been 3 months since the park plan was formally adopted by the City Council and we wanted to give you an update on progress and provide you with information about how the improvements will be delivered.
Prior to commencing any works, a feasibility study needs to be undertaken to ensure that the Park Plan can be delivered as envisaged and that no issues arise during implementation. The study will cover all elements within the Park Plan as it is important that the site is considered as a whole. Many elements of the plan are dependent on each other and we want to ensure a cohesive feel and design for the site. Funding for the study will be finalised in February and the work will take 4 months to complete.
The study will be comprehensive and will include trees, ecology, drainage, design and costings. This information will provide the level of detail we need to start seeking the necessary funding to deliver the elements within the Park Plan.
There are 20 individual elements within the Park Plan and these have been grouped into 10 areas for delivery as shown in the tables below. Grouping the elements in this way will help achieve value for money, minimise disruption to park users whilst works are taking place and ensure consistency of design throughout the park.
Seating / meeting
Park Avenue entrance
Plaza multi-functional space with water jets
River improvement works
New bench seating
Nuns Walk northern entrance
Permanent café and toilet building
Repaint banana bridge
Improved area by Devils Island bridge with seating and artwork
New bridge at top of Devils Island
Nuns Road entrance
Children's paddling area by the river
Improve access to Winnall Moors
Sport and play
Resurface main linear paths
Outdoor fitness and exercise equipment area
Quieter areas for wildlife plantng and habitats
Develop skate park hub
Upgraded play space
For more information and locations on each element please view the Suite of Ideas plan.
The delivery of the Park Plan will take place, using a phased approach, over the next 10 years. Each improvement area has been prioritised based on feedback from the public consultation and urgency of work required. The table below details during which phase of the programme work will commence on each improvement area.
Seating / meeting
Biodiversity (part 2)
Biodiversity (part 1)
Sport and Play
It should be noted that some improvement areas are much more complex to deliver than others and therefore although work will commence in line with the phasing programme it may take longer to deliver. For example, the plaza in phase 1 will require architects design, planning permission and considerable funding so although work will be commencing as a priority, in reality it will take time to deliver on site.
The Sport and Play element of the plan is able to continue prior to the completion of the feasibility study as it is within a contained space and we have already secured the funding.
The new kickabout goal has now been installed on Devils Island enabling free access to football for all. We hope that local residents and young people will enjoy using it.
Feedback on upgrading the play area was sought in more detail as part of the Park Plan survey and further consultation has been undertaken with the pupils at St Bedes Primary School. All this information has been used to produce a brief and the project will be going out to tender in March.
It is anticipated that further consultation on the final design will take place in June and that the play area will be installed by the end of the year.
As the plaza element of the park will take some time to deliver, an interim solution for the provision of toilets and refreshments is being pursued. The current portaloos located at the front of the old leisure centre will be replaced with container style toilets and we are looking at options for the provision of a mobile coffee facility.
Park User Group
As part of our future management of River Park and to assist with the implementation of the Park Plan, we would like to establish a park user group. We are currently developing some ideas for the remit and operation of this group and will share these with you in a future update.
We recognise that no changes have yet been made to the park but we are working hard behind the scenes to get everything in place to move this forward and you should soon start to see things happening. We hope that you have found this update helpful and if you have any questions please contact email@example.com
All the feedback has been used to inform the final version of the Park Plan which can be viewed by clicking here (pdf, 61.8mb).
There are some documents in the plan which may be easier to view individually and these are available by clicking on the links below:
Introductory video (Please be aware that this video may contain flashing images).
The Park Today (pdf, 41.9mb)
Outdoor Rooms (pdf, 20.1mb)
Suite of Ideas (pdf, 20mb)
Sketch impressions (pdf, 115.6mb)
Picture Board (pdf, 167.9mb)