Memorial Park reopens following £1.5m refurbishment

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Local residents and workers are able to enjoy fresh air in Redhill’s refurbished Memorial Park after it was officially reopened this month

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Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr David Pay, outside the new Memorial Park cafe

A popular park in the heart of Redhill has been reopened to the public following a £1.5m refurbishment.

Memorial Park was officially reopened on October 10 and a public celebration is due to be held on Saturday November 1.

The mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Councillor David Pay, and executive member for property and regeneration, Cllr Natalie Bramhall, performed the reopening ceremony, with the public invited back through the gates on October 11.

Unveiling a commemorative plaque in the new pavilion café, Cllr Pay said: “In this centenary year of the start of World War One, it is a great pleasure to be able to open this new pavilion and to reopen the refurbished Memorial Park.

“The vision for the park improvements has come about from consultation with local residents.

“The job of transforming the vision into an exciting, yet affordable design and then transforming the design into real buildings, paths and plants has been achieved by an excellent team of professionals.”

Memorial Park, from above, pictured in September 2014

The park was closed to the public in March so construction work on the £1.5m revamp could begin.

New facilities include a café pavilion – run by Pistachios in the Park – and toilets; a bigger children’s play area; a ‘sports zone’ with tennis courts, multi-use games area and gym equipment and trim trail; improved footpaths and cycle route; and a community orchard.

The entrance gates were also refurbished to feature a design of a dove carrying a poppy – by local schoolgirl Rebecca Mote, aged 11 – to provide a lasting tribute to the borough’s fallen.

A wheelchair-accessible sensory garden will be completed later this year.

Cllr Bramhall added: “Memorial Park, whilst well-loved by some, has been underused and [was] overdue an upgrade.

“I wish to record my thanks to local residents for their patience and understanding [during the works].

“This is an exciting time for Redhill, with many of the plans for improvement and development coming to fruition over the coming months and years.”

A free fun and fitness festival will be held in the park on November 1, from 11am-3pm, to officially launch the new space.

It will include a mini farm, bouncy castle, craft tent and entertainment, as well as a host of local sport and wellbeing stalls.