Work starts on re­vamp of Cal­i­for­nia Coun­try Park

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By GEMMA DAVID­SON gdavid­son@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

WORK to im­prove one of the bor­ough’s coun­try parks has started.

Cal­i­for­nia Coun­try Park, in Finchampstead, will un­dergo im­prove­ment works to its car park, cafe area and ac­cess road, mak­ing it eas­ier for ve­hi­cles to en­ter and exit the site.

The project, which will see an im­proved car park lay­out, a new canopy to pro­vide an all-weather out­door seat­ing area, and a new two-way road to give bet­ter ve­hi­cle ac­cess, is due to be com­pleted in Easter 2018, and will be the first stage of wider im­prove­ments at Cal­i­for­nia Coun­try Park.

Some trees and veg­e­ta­tion have started to be re­moved as part of the works, and a num­ber of rep­tiles and glow worms will need to be re­lo­cated un­der the watch­ful eye of a team of ecol­o­gists. The team will also en­sure that there are no nest­ing birds in the trees or shrubs through­out the works.

Once com­pleted, how­ever, the park will see an in­crease in the num­ber of trees on the site

Wokingham Bor­ough Coun­cil (WBC) has as­sured vis­i­tors that dis­rup­tion to the day-to-day run­ning on the park will be kept to a min­i­mum, and ad­vance no­tice will be given as early as pos­si­ble.

The coun­cil will con­sult with the pub­lic about their views for the sec­ond phase of im­prove­ments which could in­clude climb­ing and play fa­cil­i­ties, more seat­ing and in­for­ma­tion boards although no de­ci­sions have been made as yet.

Cllr Nor­man Jor­gensen, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment, sports, en­vi­ron­men­tal health, leisure and li­braries, said: “Cal­i­for­nia Coun­try Park is a won­der­ful green space used by res­i­dents across the bor­ough and it has been a long held am­bi­tion to make it even bet­ter.

“Up­grad­ing the in­fras­truc­ture first will pro­vide im­me­di­ate ben­e­fits for our in­creas­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors and put the foun­da­tions in place for fu­ture im­prove­ments in years to come.

“My thanks to ev­ery­one for their un­der­stand­ing and co­op­er­a­tion as this first ex­cit­ing phase of works be­gins.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the works visit www.wokingham. gov.uk/coun­try­side-parks-and­con­ser­va­tion/coun­try-parks

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