A COMMUNITY group has described the £300,000 improvements to a Coventry city centre park as a ‘dream come true’ as the work looks set to be completed this autumn.
The Friends of Naul’s Mill Park and Complex Development Projects (CDP) met outgoing Lord Mayor of Coventry, Coun Ann Lucas, as she performed a ceremonial turning on of the tap to refill the large pond after the first stage of regeneration works were completed.
Mary O’Hagan, from the Friends of Naul’s Mill Park, said it was an important green space in the heart of Coventry.
“It is a dream come true for us to see this work take place.
“The main reason we formed the park community group was because we were so sad at its deterioration.
“We have been lobbying for many years for the lake to be restored.
“It is a wonderful green space which is used by the community whether it is children playing, dog walkers or people enjoying a picnic.”
Originally a 12th century mill pond, the large concrete-lined Edwardian model boating lake has been drained for much of the time in recent years, suffering from leakages and problems with algae.
But now as part of wider plans to create a new linear area from Belgrade Plaza to Naul’s Mill Park, local landscape contractors Idverde, employed by CDP, have been working to naturalise the pond to create a new wildlife haven in the heart of the city.
Coun Lucas, who came to the park as one of her last official engagements during her year as Lord Mayor, said: “I was really impressed by the overall concept which will be transformational – connecting a part of the city that has been cut off for far too long.
“The naturalisation of the lake and recreation of the Radford Brook will turn back the clock to a time when nature came right into the city centre.
“We are all very grateful for the efforts of the Friends of Naul’s Mill Park over many years and it is so nice to see their vision for the lake being finally achieved.”
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