CAMBRIDGE City Council is leading a programme of works to improve the grass verges along the paths that cross Parker’s Piece.
The paths across the much-loved open space in central Cambridge are very well used by pedestrians and cyclists and as a consequence the grass verges next to them suffer wear and tear.
Works currently under way include renewing and reinforcing the grass verges along the path edges that have been damaged and levelling and reconstructing uneven sections of the paths themselves.
Drainage is being improved along the path verges to reduce the number of puddles in wet weather and care is being taken to reuse the historic path edging sets where they are in place.
In addition, new lighting is being installed near to the toilets at the Gonville Place end of Parker’s Piece.
To minimise disruption to pedestrians and cyclists crossing Parker’s Piece, the work has been phased, with improvements to the paths being done in (approximately) 40 metre long sections.
The improvement work started in the corner of Parker’s Piece behind the toilets, progressing towards the centre at Reality Checkpoint, with a new section started as the previous is completed.
Work on the second path, from the University Arms Hotel towards Reality Checkpoint, is now under way. The final part of the programme will involve improvements to the area around Reality Checkpoint itself.
Signage is in place to encourage pedestrians and cyclists to use the paths around the edges of Parker’s Piece rather than across it while the works are being completed.
Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces, said: “Parker’s Piece is an iconic part of our city and somewhere visited by many thousands of people each year.
“Given the large number of people using the paths it is unsurprising that they experience some wear and tear and that is why we are funding these improvements.
“When the work is done the path surfaces and drainage will be much better for pedestrians, wheelchair users, parents pushing buggies as well as cyclists for years to come.”
The £145k programme is being paid for from a number of funds including Section 106developer contributions, other developer funds, a council Environmental Improvement Programme grant and a contribution from Cambridgeshire County Council Highways service.
The improvements are being carried out by Manit Construction on behalf of the council and are set to be completed in November.