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Upton Country Park to open on 21 March 2020

Published: Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Families are invited to an exciting community event celebrating the opening of the Upton Country Park on Saturday 21 March.

Taking place between 10am and 1pm the event will mark the completion of phase two of the Upton Country Park development that enhanced the accessibility and natural environment of more than 127 hectares of open space. Stretching from Upton Mill Farm in the east to the village of Kislingbury the project included the construction of 2.4km of new paths and cycle ways, with new woodland and wetland, served by a viewing platform. 

The first phase was completed in 2008 with the construction of the Elgar Centre and delivery of football pitches and a cricket square, woodland, footbridges, paths and benches.

Families will be entertained with activities including cycle sprints, smoothie bikes, face painting, children’s quiz trail, colouring competition and bug hunt with prizes.

Additionally, cake lovers will be able to purchase delicious goodies from Lewis Foundation at Elgar Centre.

The official opening of the park will be marked at 10.30am through ribbon cutting ceremony led by Councillor Jonathan Nunn.

Councillor Jonathan Nunn, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “Following a major renovation programme, we are incredibly excited to announce the opening date for Upton Country Park which provides some much-needed additional public open space on the western side of Northampton.

“This much anticipated development, opens up a huge area west of the existing Upton Country Park, offering families a chance to get out into the wilder landscape and enjoy some of the wonderful wildlife making a home there.

“I want to thank Homes England who assisted our teams and played a crucial role in the completion of this project.”

The area is divided by the River Nene which runs west to east, and the Western Bypass running north to south. The introduction of new footbridges and boardwalks has opened up new pedestrian routes within the park.

Work has been made possible largely through contributions arising from parcels of development land in the area, previously owned by Homes England. The land forming the country park extension was transferred to Northampton Borough Council by Homes England in 2016.