Popular park at seaside town to get revamp with viewing platform and children’s play area

Artist's impression of new area at North Lodge Park. Picture: AREA landcape architects

Artist's impression of new area at North Lodge Park. Picture: AREA landcape architects - Credit: Archant

A viewing platform to admire the stunning views will form part of a new children's play and leisure area at an under-used park.

The revamp at North Lodge Park, Cromer will link the neglected, disconnected upper lawn with the main part of the park.

And it should be open next year as the park celebrates its 90th birthday.

The makeover was designed by landscape architects AREA and approved by the park's owner, North Norfolk District Council.

Friends of North Lodge Park chairman Samantha Annison said: 'Our community surveys showed that new play opportunities for children were one of the main things people in Cromer want to see.

'The new area will incorporate play elements including a seating net and climbing wall, while other play areas around the upper lawn could include rope walk, buoy swings, climbing net, climbing poles, balanced beam, sliding poles, and monkey bars.

'The proposed wide, ramped crossing over the sunken path is the only way to create a step-free link with the heart of the park, and this exciting new 'playful connection' brings the whole area together for probably the first time, with opportunities for play or just sitting and watching the world go by.'

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There will also be seating areas and a central viewing platform in the zig-zag design – inspired by Cromer's distinctive Hotel de Paris slopes and nearby Doctor's Steps – to sit and admire the elevated views.

Materials such as the timber boardwalk have been designed to echo Cromer pier, while the use of colour, thick sailing rope and buoys reflect the town's fishing heritage.

New planting and landscaping will also reflect the history and character of the park and its clifftop location, with new access points from the East Cliff path and Cliff Drive.

The Friends of North Lodge Park formed in 2015 to protect, enhance and promote the park. Three years of successful open-air theatre and other events have established the park as an entertainment arena, including ice-skating in February 2017 half-term week, which will be repeated in 2019.

A presentation of the plans will be on display in North Lodge Park Tearooms.