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£40,000 improvements made in Cockermouth park

Pictures show before and after works of the tennis courts (blue courts are the new ones) and the path

Sporting facilities and a well-used riverside path have been upgraded as part of a £40,000 investment into a popular park.

Allerdale Borough Council has funded the programme of works in Harris Park, Cockermouth, one of the green spaces which the authority runs.

The park’s two tennis courts have been resurfaced after the previous tarmac flooring had worn away and become damaged over time.

The courts have been re-tarmacked with a top-quality Placourt surface and finished with a colourful acrylic coating and line markings. New nets have also been installed.

Also part of the park project was to reinstate the badly-eroded path along the river Cocker which had been damaged by erosion. A new tarmac path has been constructed to replace the previous path, with the new one following a gently-curved route set well back from the river.

Both the courts and the resurfaced path are now open for the public to use.

A total of £27,000 was spent on the court renovations and a further £13,000 was allocated for the works on the river path.

The works are part of the council’s ongoing commitment to provide good leisure facilities across the borough for residents and visitors of all ages.

Cllr George Kemp, Executive member with responsibility for environmental quality, said: “Parks and open spaces are vital parts of our communities and it’s important they are in the best condition possible. This is why we have moved to upgrade the tennis courts and the path in Harris Park and we are really pleased with the results. We hope everyone will enjoy using them.

“We will continually look to improve our own leisure facilities and support other organisations to offer improved facilities through grants where possible.”

The council will be monitoring the use of the court area and would like to remind residents that it should only be used for tennis-related activities.

The main entrance to the park is off Fern Bank.

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