Children to play in park revamped after 15 years
A TORPOINT park that was neglected for 15 years has reopened after a £145,000 facelift.
Rendel Park was officially reopened on Saturday by the Mayor of Torpoint Mike Pearn and Sir Richard Carew Pole, who unveiled the plaque.
Originally opened in 1978, the park was given a new lease of life with new flower beds, lawn and benches to admire the views.
Mr Pearn said: "It was nice to see it back as a park.
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"It was nice for people to get together; the park is beautiful."
In 1997 the park was closed due to health and safety concerns.
The project was financed by the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee after 600 people signed a petition led by the Torpoint Residents' Association.
The refurbishment included engineering work, which cost £95,000, and landscaping work, which totalled £50,000.
The past chairman of Torpoint Residents' Association Terrence Moore, who rallied for a new park, said: "I thought the park was very good and it achieved the aims we were looking for.
"It's part of the redevelopment of Torpoint as a whole because it looked like a dump before but it looks nice now."
The development was carried out by Cormac services, which attended the event, and the Reverend Lynn Parker led a blessing on completion of the unveiling of the plaque. The Torpoint town band played during the official opening and refreshments were served afterwards to all of the guests.
The park has a seaside theme with the benches including scrap links of ferry chain on their legs.