Big plans for park move a step closer

Story about Jack Kershaw who is chairman of the new Friends of Pontefract Park group - their plan is to help improve parking facilities at the park, build a cafe down by the lake and plant daffodils up Park Road to improve the approach into town.    ' 'LOCATION: Pontefract Park, Park Road, Pontefract

Story about Jack Kershaw who is chairman of the new Friends of Pontefract Park group - their plan is to help improve parking facilities at the park, build a cafe down by the lake and plant daffodils up Park Road to improve the approach into town. ' 'LOCATION: Pontefract Park, Park Road, Pontefract

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Work to revamp Pontefract Park is underway after a group campaigned for improvements at the site.

The Friends of Pontefract Park – launched last summer – hopes to transform the 110-hectare park to include a lakeside cafe and improved parking.

Wakefield Council this week started work at the site and will put up new fencing and signs at the park entrance.

Jack Kershaw, chairman of the friends group, said the work was just the start of the long-term vision for the park.

He said: “The start of the work is great news because the parking in the park is a big problem.

“But it is only the first step of many we will take to improve the park for the people of Pontefract.”

Work currently taking place also includes repairs to the entrance road along with the painting of double yellow lines.

There will also be repairs to grass areas damaged by cars parking.

Mr Kershaw said: “It will not only improve the park but also the town itself .

“Lots of people drive past the park, it is the entrance to the town so if we can improve it, then it can boost Pontefract.”

Mr Kershaw also said plans for the cafe were still being discussed.

He said: “We had an architect look at the site and we are going forward with it but it is a more long-term project.”

The council said the works were expected to take four weeks to complete and asked park users to be patient while the work was carried out.