Barrow Park is the town’s main public park and was in very poor condition by the mid 1990s. Although much loved by local people, it was little used due to its poor state of repair, lack of attractions and serious vandalism and security problems. The restoration project has returned the park to excellent condition with new facilities and attractions.

Barrow Park is now one of the highlights of the town, with increasing visitor numbers and an expanding programme of events. It is now well maintained with increasing budgets. A management plan and funding commitments are in place for the next ten years and the plan will be monitored and reviewed every five years. Sustainability and wildlife are included in the management objectives.

The restoration project has been a catalyst for further investment in the park by the council, for new management and funding initiatives, for the formation of a Friends of Barrow Park group, and serves as a benchmark for regeneration initiatives around the town.

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