Big investment is great news for Princes Park

Horticultural officer David Henry, Friends of Princes Park chair Jacky Mullender, parks and gardens manager Gareth Williams and Darren Pillar, the Wyevale contract manager for Eastbourne, at the entrance to the park
Horticultural officer David Henry, Friends of Princes Park chair Jacky Mullender, parks and gardens manager Gareth Williams and Darren Pillar, the Wyevale contract manager for Eastbourne, at the entrance to the park

PRINCES Park will benefit from nearly £300,000 of investment over the next two years, with plans to refurbish the bowling greens, update the paddling pool and possibly put up a tethered hot air balloon.

A Princes Park Development Plan is now in place to determine further improvements and the council is also entering the park for the prestigious Green Flag Award.

The Green Flag Award Scheme provides a national benchmark for the best green spaces in the country.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet member for the environment Councillor Steve Wallis said, “The Friends of Princes Park have been working closely with the council for the past five years and we have developed a successful working relationship, which has seen many improvements already take place.

“With further investment planned for 2011-2012, preparatory work is now underway by the Parks and Gardens Group to enter Princes Park for the Green Flag Award.”

Working with the Friends of Princes Park, which was formed in 2005 with the principal aim of helping the council preserve and enhance the quality of the parkland and open spaces of Princes Park, many changes have been made at the park over the last five years.

These include replacing the ornamental archway over the main entrance, planting of a sensory garden where the old rose garden was located, the printing of a map and brochure, and new signs installed at the park.

The Friends have also been very supportive in securing investment for the two out-of-date play areas within Princes Park to be substantially improved through Play Pathfinder grants and the council’s capital funding, to the sum of nearly £170k. The Friends have also organised and managed a Fun Day during August of each year, with the proceeds being put into further improvements within Princes Park. Jacky Mullender, chair of the Friends of Princes Park, said, “The new schemes planned for next year are really exciting.”