THREE big projects costing half a million pounds are being planned for a country park.
Gosport Borough Council is spending £500,000 to put in a new path, a new garden centre and extra car parks at the Alver Valley Country Park.
The Alver Valley is the jewel in the crown of Gosport and we want to encourage more people to use it.Ian Lycett
The council has already bagged a £205,000 grant from the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (Push).
At a meeting with residents from Lee-on-the-Solent, council chief executive Ian Lycett spoke about the projects.
He said: ‘We have three projects for the Alver Valley, one of which is already complete.
‘The Alver Valley is the jewel in the crown of Gosport and we want to encourage more people to use it.
‘One of the long-term plans is for the entrance off Cherque Way to have a bigger car park and maybe a nursery like Garsons, in Titchfield.
‘We would want the small garden centre to also have a cafe and a children’s playground alongside it.’
The council has already completed one of the projects which is a new stone path. It runs from Privett Road to Apple Dumpling Bridge and runs alongside the River Alver.
Mr Lycett added: ‘We wanted to give people in Stokes Bay access to the park and so a new path was built.
‘It gives direct access from Stokes Bay to the country park.’
For the final project, the council will be working with the Gosport BMX Club to improve the track, expand the car park and put in a picnic area.
Mr Lycett said: ‘The improvement to the BMX track is a big one and a good one for the area.
‘New car parking spaces are going in and there will be a picnic area too to encourage more families to visit the country park.
‘The BMX club is applying for money to extend its track by 50 per cent. It holds national events so it would be really good for the club and the town if it could keep that.’
He added that as part of the project the children’s playground near the track would get a revamp.