Blueprint is revealed for revival of Cromer seaside park

North Lodge Park in Cromer.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

North Lodge Park in Cromer.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A masterplan has been drawn up, aimed at breathing new life into a now-lacklustre Cromer gem.

The Friends of North Lodge Park have produced a list of proposals for the attraction and want the public's views on them, and their practical help.

For at least five years the once-thriving park, owned by North Norfolk District Council, has been neglected.

But the Friends group, formed in March, is determined to revive its fortunes and has already reopened its café, now a popular attraction.

Eye-catching suggestions in the proposals list include:

moving the boating lake, to an area between North Lodge and the pre-school, and replacing it with a park plaza, with events and children's splash areas, and fountains;

creating a 'top-quality' young children's play area on the old bowling green;

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building a multi-use games area on the concrete space to the right of the Overstrand Road entrance; and

transforming the sunken gardens into a craft market area.

The proposals have been drawn up by the Friends based on 474 responses from the general public to a spring questionnaire about what people wanted in the park.

Now the Friends are asking people to express, in another online survey, how strongly they feel about these ideas, and others, so that they can draw up a final 'shopping list', said the group's secretary, Barry Meadows.

'Realistically it's not all going to happen so we need to know where our priorities should be,' he added.

'The plan is to develop project teams to take forward each element of any agreed plans in the new year.'

More than 100 people have already completed the survey, which runs until the end of January.

To take part, or to contact the Friends, visit northlodgepark.org.uk

Are you involved in a community project? Contact alex.hurrell@archant.co.uk