The Millennium Town Park, opened by the Minister for Transport and Technical Services (TTS) on 15 October last year and with finishing touches completed this year, has received very positive feedback from the public through the Jersey Annual Social Survey.
Just over half of those questioned (54%) had visited the park at least once. The survey asked for a rating on various features in the park – park furniture, water features, play equipment, planting scheme, overall design and toilet facilities. Of those who expressed an opinion, over four-fifths rated each aspect of the park as either ‘very good’ or ‘good’.
Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister for TTS said: “TTS spent a lot of time consulting with the public over what should be included in the park. It was obviously time well spent as people seem very happy with what has been provided”
As well as public acclaim, the Millennium Town Park has also won awards on the technical aspects of the park. In October TTS was informed that the Park had won a RHS Britain in Bloom 2012 – Sustainable Landscaping Award.
The Park was reviewed by Britain in Bloom judges as part of the St Helier submission. Derek Noble, Parks and Gardens Manager for TTS showed the judges around the park and told them about the work involved in the transformation and the environmental features built into the structure. They were able to see the visual aspects of the park. At the time, the visit was just thought to be a courtesy and general interest visit, no awards were applied for or mentioned. It therefore came as a lovely surprise when the judges decided they would present St Helier with this discretionary Award.
Earlier in the year, this park won another accolade, the Jersey Electricity Award for Sustainability as part of the Jersey Construction Council’s Awards.
The Minister for TTS, Deputy Kevin Lewis said: “I am so pleased that the park has won these awards. TTS has an excellent team who manage and work with appointed contractors to deliver infrastructure projects for Jersey. It is great for them to get this kind of recognition. Turning a car park where the land had been contaminated from previously being the site of a gas works, into an award winning park in just 10 months took a lot of hard work. The gardeners who have since taken over caring for the park have also done an excellent job. The park is a highly used community area and they have a played a huge part in enhancing people’s enjoyment of this popular facility.”