Work is about to start on a near £1 million lottery funded refurbishment of Castle Vale and Coronation Park in Berwick.
Contractors are due to start on site on October 21 with an official opening planned for next summer.
The parks sit on either side of Berwick’s train station with stunning views towards the River Tweed. However, they have become something of a forgotten part of the town.
That is about to change, however, with restoration works to upgrade footpaths, signage, entrances, garden spaces and create new wildlife habitats, plus the return of water lilies to the lily pond.
Kate Morison, Berwick Parks Project development officer, said: “They are beautiful parks and it will be great to see them restored to their 1930s splendour.”
Great efforts are being made to ensure the park will attract a lot more visitors and community groups have come on board.
“There will be various events staged in the park, from music to school group visits, from bird watching to bat nights,” said Kate.
Berwick Academy pupils are currently designing a community sensory garden behind Meg’s Mount, while Berwick Youth Project is making a film of the restoration.
The Alzheimer’s Society has also volunteered its services and there is interest from brownies and guides. The wider public are also being asked to volunteer.
Jennifer Moseley, one of the volunteers, said: “It’ll be fantastic to see the parks renovated. There are lots of people who don’t even know they are here so hopefully the area will attract more people in the future.”
Coun Deidre Campbell said: “It is great to see this project getting underway, and I look forward to seeing it develop over the coming months.”
Mayor Isabel Hunter said: “Following the tree work earlier this year, this is the next step in this very exciting project which will see our two town centre parks redeveloped for enjoyment by both residents and visitors alike.”
A grant of £890,700 was awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. Funding from Northumberland County Council, working with Berwick Town Council and Castlegate Residents Association takes it to £942,000.