In November it rained, in December it snowed, in January it froze, in February it snowed again........and in March the sun has come out!
Following the obvious challenges of the winter the main restoration contract is finally nearing completion at the beginning of March 2010. The programme of tree and shrub planting is now well underway and should be completed in the spring.
An important stage has been reached in the restoration of the much loved Lily Pool with the installation of the pavillion columns this week. The Lily Pool is one of the key features of the Park and was originally donated by the family of Captain Kirby of Whitby. Restoration of the Lily Pool will have cost around ?120k when completed.
Site clearance work has been completed for the start of work on the final new feature in Pannett Park, not far from the floral clock. The Jurassic Garden will take visitors on both a journey through time and a journey through the rocks and fossils of the Whitby area. Many years ago the site was occupied by an extensive rock garden but the Jurassic Garden will give the rockery theme a modern twist.
Major footpath replacement works will extend across Pannett Park until the end of November 2009. In many areas the footpaths are crumbling and lack proper foundations and kerbs. These will be installed during the next five weeks, starting in the area around the new play area. Footpath work next to St. Hildas terrace which has already started will be completed. This has proved particularly challenging because of the steep gradients in the park and the need to make access easier for everyone.