Seafront transformation sees mini golf course dismantled
- Credit: Mick Howes
A mini golf course has been demolished as the regeneration of a much-loved coastal pavilion gathers pace.
The Family Adventure miniature golf course in Lowestoft will be no more after it was cleared in recent weeks as part of the continuing redevelopment of the East Point Pavilion.
Work has been under way for over a month at the restyled East Point Pavilion.
A scheme of works is set to create a new "unique destination" for Lowestoft seafront.
With £720,000 from the government’s Towns Fund being used for its restoration, work to repurpose the building into an "exciting" community and events space will see it transformed into a new food hall featuring four vendors, a bar, DJs, live music and a small stage area.
Lowestoft contractors PJ Spillings started "a process of minor demolition" from January 17 ahead of "the fit-out of the building".
The restyled pavilion will be operated by First Light Festival community interest company (CIC) - the organisers of Lowestoft’s First Light Festival.
With trees removed and the site cleared recently, an East Suffolk Council spokesman said: "The removal of the adventure golf course is part of the redevelopment of East Point Pavilion and the wider Lowestoft Town Centre Masterplan.
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"The former golf area is being converted into a planted area for seating.
"It will be the responsibility of the tenant of East Point Pavilion, First Light Festival."
The site will also function as an office for the First Light Festival CIC - a not for profit organisation - with an "Easter opening" earmarked.
The pavilion building, which is owned by East Suffolk Council, opened in May 1993 and has housed a tourist information office and a children’s play area over the years.
It effectively ceased operating in April 2016 with only a small portion of the building used in recent years for café space.
The council spokesman added: "The ice cream kiosk will remain, and graphics are currently being designed to ensure that it complements the main building.
"It will operate as a kiosk and will be part of the offer for visitors.
"The council is committed to restoring the Royal Plain Fountains as part of the wider seafront improvements, and these will be brought forward during the course of the year as part of the Heritage Action Zone and Town Deal projects."