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£500,000 makeover for 'nationally important' Bath park

Royal Victoria Park, artist impression Image copyright Banes
Image caption An artist impression of the new children's play facilities at Royal Victoria Park in Bath

A project of work to improve a "nationally important" Grade I-listed park in Bath has begun at a cost of almost £500,000.

The work at Royal Victoria Park, thought to be one of the south west's largest children's play areas, includes a new slide and climbing net.

The council said the work should be completed by the end of the month.

The park will remain open throughout although the council warned it expected "some disruption at times".

Improvements to the public toilets in the pavilion building at the play area are also due to be completed by Easter.

A new cafe is also being created.

Liberal Democrat councillor David Dixon, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: "We're very pleased to see these projects getting underway, and plan for them all to be ready for the spring."

Bath and North East Somerset Council said the park was of "national importance" and played a "significant part" in the city's World Heritage Site status.

As well as the 2.95 acres (1.2 hectares) children's play park, the area includes botanical gardens, lakes, and floral and historical features.

A planning decision on the £300,000 refurbishment to modernise and improve the park's skate park is expected by the end of January.

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