VOTING has been opened to help to choose the name for a new park in Bognor Regis. Detailed designs for the £3m open space are being drawn up.
It will transform the Hothamton car park into a modern, urban park created to provide hours of entertainment for all who visit.
Arun District Council is giving residents the chance to have their say about deciding a fitting name to reflect the park’s importance for years to come.
They can choose one from three options designed to reflect the town’s history and royal links:
* Pavilion Park – the site was location of the public entertainment building called the Pavilion
* Princess Charlotte Park – the grand-daughter of George III spent her summers in Bognor for several years in the early 1800s
* Duke of Sussex Park – in honour of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Arun leader Gillian Brown said: “The new park will have something for everyone so I would encourage all residents to get involved in choosing a name for this fantastic facility which will really help to regenerate Bognor Regis.”
The proposal includes marketing the western part of the car park to developers for homes and business use.
The park has been known since it was proposed as the linear park – but that title is no longer adequate as the plans come closer to becoming reality.
An Arun spokesman said: “The final design is now being decided upon. Fully accessible, it could feature a water play plaza, land moulds for imaginative play, a natural play area, a performance area, and an amphitheatre-style tiered grass lawn.
“This will sit alongside a central market square with seating, and a cafe with both inside and outside seating.
“The park is being designed to host a rolling events programme and could also include a trim trail for adults seeking to get fit, along with plenty of seating.
“The site will be well lit so it can be enjoyed after dusk and planting built into the park setting will obscure the parked cars, giving the area the look and feel of a park rather than a car park.
“The park and car park design will make it a safe place where people can spend time relaxing and enjoying the many activities.”
Votes can be cast online at: www.arun.gov.uk/bognor-regis-park-poll or in the foyer at Bognor Regis Town Hall.