Park reopens after facelift worth millions

Landscape architects are seeing nearly £3.5 million of work nearing completion on a park with winding paths and lighting.

Hastings Borough Council’s design team has worked for seven years on the restoration of Alexandra Park, which includes £700,000 of spending on paths, £230,000 on a play area and nearly £19,000 on lights. The park is a classic Victorian serpentine-shaped green space with ponds and structured planting jostling with wilder areas for rambling and walking dogs. The project, which received £2.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, includes nearly £400,000 of building work on a bandstand, tea house, tennis pavilion and new loos. Alexandra Park is due to be reopened on April 24 after delays caused by funding. Onyx UK gave £850,000 towards the work and the Environment Agency £27,000. Other areas of improvement are boundary railings, which cost just over £300,000 and litter and dog-mess bins, which racked up £27,000.

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