Torpoint park reopened after 15 years
A Torpoint park that was closed more than 15 years ago has been brought back to its former glory.
On Friday Torpoint mayor Terry Moore reopened Rendel Park following a £145,000 refurbishment.
Mr Moore said: "It's a very beautiful park. It will be a great asset for Torpoint for years to come."
The park was closed in 1997 due to health and safety concerns and since then locals have been rallying together to get it reopened.
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Mr Moore said: "Since it was closed in 1997 the town, especially the Torpoint Residents' Association, has been fighting to bring the park back into the public domain.
"Around 600 people signed a petition led by the Torpoint Residents' Association and, as a result of that, the town council met with the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Committee to see what could be done."
The cost of the repair works were funded by the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Committee.
"I really must thank the Torpoint Bridge and Ferry Committee," Mr Moore said.
Mike Pearn, joint-chairman of the committee and Cornwall councillor for Torpoint West, said a lot of work was required to bring the park back up to scratch.
"It had to be landscaped and then all the construction work had to be carried out. The sea wall also had to be restrengthened."
In total £95,000 was spent on engineering works and an additional £50,000 was spent on landscaping the park.
The park now has new boundary wall railings and new entrance gates. It also has new benches and tables.
Mr Pearn said he was really pleased with the end result.
"It looks fantastic. I hope the people appreciate it and come to use it. It is beautiful but will be even better when the sun comes out."