Brooklands Park and playground
The environmental improvement works carried out by Five Rivers Environmental Contractors had largely finished work by summer 2018, the Boardwalk was constructed in late summer which allows greater community access to the lake margins amongst the reeds.
The final stage will be to complete the tree and other planting in winter 2018 which could not be completed earlier due to the delays caused by the excessively wet and cold winter in 2017/18. A large water aerating fountain will also be installed at this time.
There are a number of Press releases available detailing the works and progress to date:
- PR18-181 - Building AW: Brooklands Park can become a "regional destination"
- PR18-180 - Unveiled: bright new adventure park vision for Brooklands
- PR18-177 - Vision for Brooklands
- PR18-156 - Brooklands Lake revamp complete
- PR18-150 - Brooklands Park update
- PR18-134 - Brooklands Park boardwalk takes shape
- PR18-080 - Through rain, wind and not much shine - Worthing's Brooklands Lake is brought back to life
- PR18-046 - The first stage of the public consultation on the future of Brooklands Park is complete and the results are in
- PR18-043 - Turtle gets snappy after being disturbed in the depths of Brooklands Lake
- PR18-016 - Brooklands Park - time to have your say on blueprint for future
- PR17-165 - Five Rivers make great progress restoring Brooklands lake to its former glory
- PR17-143 - Future looks bright for Brooklands Park as lake is drained ahead of makeover
There is a dedicated page for the Brooklands Masterplan which provides further information see:
Photo: View across the lake at Brooklands Park
PAR 3 Golf Course
The Par 3 Golf course and Pitch and Putt facility remains closed. The Masterplan proposal shows the Par 3 potentially being used as alternative leisure and play facilities as part of the broad vision for the site, themed on science and adventure.
The lake has a range of functions including a large balancing pond as it serves as a catchment area for a third of Worthing, and is also an important wildlife wetland habitat. Following the renovation to the lake, pleasure boats will not return as these are incompatible with the wildlife that live on, near and thrive in the wetland habitat. There are also a number of throwlines surrounding the lake should anyone enter the lake accidentally.
The on site café has closed. The Masterplan seeks to provide a high quality café outlet on the site with lakeside seating and access.
The miniature railway has closed. As part of the future Masterplan, the Council intends to provide a lakeside walk around the whole of the lake with a suitably surface allowing inclusive access where currently it is not provided
There are two large car parks which are pay and display at both entrances to Brooklands, Brighton Road and Western Road. These include inclusive parking spaces for those requiring it.
There are public toilets including disability friendly toilets accessed via the National RADAR key scheme which include a hoist for changing needs. These are free to use and are found adjacent to the Car Park on Western Road
Brooklands Park is popular for dog walking and dog bins are positioned around the site. Dogs are excluded from the Children's play areas and should be controlled when walking around the lake where they may come into contact with the wildlife.
There are several picnic tables for visitors near to the Car Park area just to the north of the Western Road entrance.
Brooklands Park Play Area
Brooklands Park play area is a free to use Council provided play equipment aimed for children from 3 through to 12 years of age accessed from the Car Park on Western Road (although there is pedestrian access across the site from the Southern end).
Large Neighbourhood Equipped Area for Play (NEAP) play area with a focus on disabled and sensory equipment. The play area has both modern and traditional equipment and also has 2 dedicated wheelchair swings that can only be accessed with a radar key.
Under the equipment there is a mixture of wet pour rubber and rubber safer surfacing and the play area has a wide surfaced approach and self-closing gates.
We play too
The playground at Brooklands caters for children from toddlers up to teenagers and has a range of fully inclusive play equipment plus accessible equipment designed for children living with a disability, such as wheelchair swings.
Although the Council's playground was already existing on the site, a local organisation 'We Play Too' was set up by a local mum as her daughter, who requires a wheelchair to get around, had no opportunities to play in Worthing's playgrounds or even to play with her brother which she very much wanted to.
We Play Too also raised funds for an extension to Brooklands playground, provided a special toilet block equipped with a hoist and other specialist equipment for parents, provide designated parking and access improvements.
As a result Brooklands playground has doubled in size and has two wheelchair swings to allow children to use the equipment and play together. Sound sensory equipment was also installed and is well used. The roundabout is fully inclusive, as is the basket swing and see-saw unit.
We cycle too
Following the closure of the We Cycle Too cycle track that was created by the Charity, it was decided by the founder Lyn to transfer the project to a specialist outdoor activity centre Lodge Hill based at Watersfield, Near Pulborough, West Sussex.
We wish the We Cycle Too project every success in its new home. For more details about the We Cycle Too project see the Lodge Hill website.
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