‘Magic’ park to get spruce up

Image supplied by Dacorum Borough Council.
Image supplied by Dacorum Borough Council.

Improvement works to a park off Hemel Hempstead’s famous Magic Roundabout have started this week.

Landscaping in Heath Park will be made more attractive while new pedestrian routes will make it easier to get to shops in the town centre.

The works -expected to last eight weeks - are designed to complement a new pedestrian and cycle path currently 
being constructed on nearby Station Road, which improves the link to the train station and is due to be completed early next month.

Heath Park is the latest 
area in the town to be spruced up under Dacorum Borough Council’s Hemel Evolution 
regeneration scheme.

Council director of 
housing and regeneration Mark Gaynor said: “We’re 
investing £30million in a top-to-toe transformation of Hemel Hempstead town centre. The Old Town is complete - and looking beautiful in the sunshine; we’re about to 
start on The Forum, closely followed by the Water Gardens restoration; and Marlowes shopping area improvements are well underway.

The Heath Park improvements include:

>Replacing old footpaths to improve pedestrian flow around the park and link 
entrances to subways, bridges and the new crossing on 
Station Road.

>Planting bulbs, 
supplementing summer bedding with longer lasting perennial beds and laying wildflower turfs to create a meadow along the River Gade.

>Installing new benches and bins.

During the works the main grassed area will be fenced off but the outer pathways will 
remain open.

Mr Gaynor said: “Now 
another piece of the Hemel Evolution jigsaw is falling into place. We’ve already installed feature lighting on the Magic Roundabout which, together with the Heath Park works, make this area an even more attractive and welcoming 
gateway to our town.”

Building works have also started to create a new bus interchange and extend and move the town’s taxi rank.

The taxi rank has now moved to its new permanent home in Waterhouse Street and the new bus interchange will be located along Bridge Street. Visit www.dacorum.gov.uk/hemelevolution