October 3, 2019 11.50 am This story is over 49 months old

Boating to return to Lincoln park

The park celebrated its 90th anniversary in May

The City of Lincoln Council plans to restore Boultham Park and bring boating back to the lake.

The council wants to improve the visitor experience  by developing the boating pontoon and installing a series of fishing pegs around the lake – which in May this year celebrated 90 years since it opened.

The council is working on a bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help pay for the improvements and hopes to start work next year.

Documents submitted to the authority’s planning department by LDA Design said: “Restoration works to the wider park including the historic core area, Boultham Hall site.

Some restoration of the park, which celebrated it’s 90th anniversary this year, has already taken place.

“The fountain garden and wider park works are now complete, however, the lake has fallen into disrepair and the water quality is poor, as is the variety of wildlife, both within and surrounding the lake.

“The proposals support existing park uses and users and provide the opportunity for people of all ages to engage with the lake and wider park.”

The council wants to improve the biodiversity of the area, strengthen the edges of the lake and improve access to the viewing platform and nearby beacon – the latter of which is set for refurbishment.

Pieces of artwork with information boards are planned to be situated around the lake.

This will include new equipment to stop silt building up and encourage more wildlife, new plants and trees around the end of the lake, and bird and bat boxes.

Public artwork is set to surround the pond providing information on wildlife, the history of the lake, and how to get involved with Boultham Park Advisory Group and volunteers.

A public consultation, held in February, saw 46 visitors and LDA said feedback was positive.

A family pictured enjoying Boultham Park in 1947.

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