The Access Improvements are in the final couple of weeks and the contractors, Aggregate Industries, are working incredibly hard to work through the final stages. This includes installing the final light columns, trees, bollards and cycle stands.
Also this week the last significant areas of surfacing are being laid at the eastern end of the park. On Thursday 10th December the buff colour on the raised tables will be laid along with other tarmac surfacing and this means that Whitecliff road junction and East Gate Lodge entrances will be closed to vehicles to allow these works. This should be the last significant disruption for vehicle access.
The Ark has re-opened this week and will remain open during these road closures. Photo above and below of East Gate Lodge entrance being resurfaced.
Tree surgeons have also been working in the park and today working on probably the largest tree which is a Monterey Pine opposite The Ark. This is being checked for dead wood and has been ‘de-coned’, a practice that does not harm the tree at all but removes a lot of the cones so they do not fall on pedestrians underneath.
The photo below shows the ropes from the tree for the surgeons to climb up in to the canopy, and piles of cones below.