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Date published: 23rd May 2020

NNDC has been working with the Friends of North Lodge Park to help facilitate the replacement of the bridge linking the, currently redundant, putting green to the main park.  A new bridge would replace the current stepped bridge which forms a barrier to many wishing to access this sheltered corner of the park.

The Friends of North Lodge Park have been busy fund raising  with a view of improving the play facilities in the Park and on 1 June 2020 work will commence to install a fully accessible  ‘playful bridge’ which will link the two sections of the park divided by a sunken walkway. 

The Friends have managed to raise an amazing £200K, with over £25,000 raised from individual plaques for sponsored planks on the bridge, and from sales of their café cook book (Will You Marry Me?) and the Brief History of the Park. Successful grant applications contributed over £80,000 towards the project, with a significant contribution from Cromer Town Council and the Government Pocket Parks fund. However, most of the funding has come from the community, through takings from the Park’s café which is run by volunteers and stocked by volunteer bakers.

“We thought long and hard about whether to go ahead with this project in the current unprecedented times, which are challenging us all to focus on the important things,” Samantha Annison, chair of the Friends said. “After much deliberation, and with support from NNDC, it was decided to go ahead – so when the bridge is finished and we emerge from the other side of this pandemic Cromer will have something to celebrate.”

The new zig-zag wooden bridge will allow explorers of all ages and abilities to easily access the new play area which will include a range of new play equipment as well as areas of wild flowers and pathways to open up access to the cliff top path.  The bridge itself will include some elements of play and will take approximately 6 weeks to construct.  During this time the sunken walkway will be closed to the public with diversion notices in place.

Following the installation of the bridge it is anticipated the play equipment will be installed.

The project has the support of the Town Council and many residents when the ideas and plans were consulted on last summer.

Work will commence in June with an anticipated opening of the facility in late summer.

Last updated: 23rd May 2020