Kay Park pond improvements get underway

Improvement works at Kay Park Pond and the surrounding area are scheduled to commence later this month.

This much-loved green space has been a favourite with families, dog walkers and visitors for many years and is a prime venue for events and activities. The planned improvements will further enhance the park’s reputation as one of the jewels in East Ayrshire’s tourism crown.

Works will concentrate on the pond, which will be drained and repairs will be carried out to restore the banks which have eroded over time. Harmful algae will be treated and a wide range of native plants and flowers, which reduce algae formation, will be planted, all enhancing the natural look of the area. The pond will be refilled with water from natural sources and restored to its current level.

A new bird viewing and feeding platform will be built by the old boat jetty and information displays will be put up at various locations to help identify bird species and advise on suitable feeding. New nesting and shelter zones will be created to encourage more bird species to the pond and surrounding areas.

Visitors and neighbouring residents are being advised of temporary restrictions and changes to access points and parking arrangements throughout the construction works. Heavy plant materials will be present at times, but the contractor will be on hand to ensure that any disruption to pedestrian/vehicular traffic is minimised. The cycle track will remain in use, with temporary matting laid across the grass to provide access from the main pedestrian path to the cycle track.

Councillor Elena Whitham East Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said: “I’m delighted that this improvement plan for Kay Park is now getting underway. It’s already a brilliant place for families and visitors, but we want to make it better – and we hope that visitors and residents will bear with us as these improvements take place.

“This work is a continuation of our award winning Clean, Green and Vibrant communities campaign.”

Works should be completed by Spring 2018.

For enquiries during working hours, please contact 01563 555 215.Out of hours please contact East Ayrshire Council’s’ Risk Management Centre on 0845 724 0000.