Big plans for park get underway

Jack Kershaw, chairman of Friends of Pontefract Park, shows off the new sign on the main entrance.'p319a337
Jack Kershaw, chairman of Friends of Pontefract Park, shows off the new sign on the main entrance.'p319a337

Work to revamp Pontefract Park is underway as a group continues to campaign for improvements on the site.

The Friends of Pontefract Park, launched last year, has teamed up with council bosses to improve the 110 hectare site.

New ‘Welcome to Pontefract Park and Racecourse’ signs at the Park Road entrance have just been set up and the group continues to campaign for further developments.

Jack Kershaw, chairman of the friends group, said: “We have got one of the best facilities in the district and we want to make it even better.

“The work that has been done so far is great but the important thing to remember is that this project is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Work carried out earlier this year includeddouble yellow lines painted on the entrance road and repairs where cars had been parked on grass.

The group now hopes to secure more parking spaces at the park as well as a new lakeside cafe.

Mr Kershaw said: “Parking is a big problem at the park so if we can get some more spaces then it will stop people parking on the grass.

“We have also had an architect draw up some plans for the cafe so things are definitely progressing.”

The friends group meets council bosses once a month to discuss future plans.

The meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month at NEW College, in Pontefract.

Mr Kershaw said: “It would be great to see more people at the meetings.

“I would urge anyone interested to come along. The more, the merrier.”