By Connor Steel
FAREHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL have announced that the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Park is due to open for public use next Wednesday (December 7); which comes after completion of remodelling work on the forty-acre open space to create a lasting local memory to the Commonwealth’s longest serving Monarch.
The project was initially launched to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in June but has taken on extra significance following the Monarch’s death back in early September. Residents will be permitted to view the finished outcomes from 1pm next Wednesday after an official launch featuring multiple local representatives.
Formerly named Daedalus Common the area has plenty to explore including footpaths, cycle paths, habitats for wildlife and a dedicated exercise area for dogs of all breeds. Commemorative seating has been designed and this will offer visitors a great view of airport operations, alongside the Daedalus Gate Guardian sculpture.
In another tribute to Her Majesty it has been confirmed that the site’s popular aviation-themed children’s play area will be renamed; this attraction being located opposite the entrance on Gosport Road (near the gates of Crofton School). It isn’t yet known when the new name will be formally announced at this time of publication.
The National Grid IFA Interconnector project has been responsible for funding and ensuring the whole site is ready to be used; including costs of £4 million for extensive drainage works. They have further agreed to pay £1 million to the Council for site maintenance including both the Guardian Sculpture and children’s play area.
Cllr Ian Bastable, Executive Member for Streetscene, said last Friday (25/11): “We are really excited to finally be opening this fantastic open space in two week’s time. A large amount of works have gone into remodelling the location so that it offers something for everybody in the local community. We are also delighted that it will form a part of our lasting tribute to her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II following her Platinum (70th) Jubilee.”
Readers can visit the Fareham Borough Council website for a quote from Jon Davis, the Operations Director at National Grid IFA2 Limited, alongside further information on the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Park.
PICTURED BY FAREHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL: View of Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Park, which is due to open to the public from 1pm next Wednesday (December 7) following remodelling work this annum.