Park’s £4.3m makeover to be­gin

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

A pop­u­lar play area and skate park are clos­ing for the start of a mul­ti­mil­lion pound im­prove­ment scheme.

The clo­sures at Mote Park, Maid­stone, are set to last eight weeks for the first leg of a £4.3 mil­lion makeover over the next three years.

The skate park closed on Mon­day while the play area will close on Tues­day next week. The trans­for­ma­tion was set to be­gin in Fe­bru­ary but was de­layed due to snow and then a rup­tured sewage pipe.

This first wave of im­prove­ments, worth £ 1.85 mil­lion, in­clude a new ad­ven­ture zone, of­fer­ing a high ropes course, ad­ven­ture golf course, a new play area and a re­fur­bished skate park. The sec­ond phase, due for com­ple­tion next year, will see the con­struc­tion of vis­i­tor cen­tre.

It will in­clude space for venue hire, a new café, toi­lets, baby chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties and an es­tate ser­vices build­ing all cost­ing £2 mil­lion.

A third phase will in­volve foot­paths, road re­pairs and resur­fac­ing cost­ing £375,000.

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