New archway could be unveiled as popular park celebrates centenary

One of the entrances to Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft.

The Kirkley Park Road/Kensington Road entrance to Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

It is a popular clifftop park that is set to mark a special centenary in style.

Overlooking Lowestoft seafront, Kensington Gardens is a popular recreational park that was opened in June 1922 as an extension to the esplanade.

The bridge over pond in Kensington Gardens, Lowestoft in yester-year.

The bridge over pond in Kensington Gardens, Lowestoft in yester-year. - Credit: Archant Library

Complete with floral gardens, tennis courts, bowling greens, a boating lake and a tearoom and café with indoor and outdoor seating, the park is owned and managed by Lowestoft Town Council.

Kensington Gardens Lowestoft

Children and adults alike enjoy a ride on the former electric boats at Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft in yester-year. - Credit: Archant Library

Earlier this month the town council sought views from locals on the "installation of a new archway" over the Kirkley Park Road/Kensington Road entrance to Kensington Gardens.

A mock-up impression of the archway for the entrance to Kensington Gardens.

A mock-up impression of the archway for the entrance to Kensington Gardens. This image is for reference only and doesn't necessarily reflect the final designs. - Credit: Lowestoft Town Council

With an online survey running until last Friday, people were asked how often they visited Kensington Gardens, if they liked the idea of an archway at the Kirkley Park Road/Kensington Road entrance to the park and if there were any other improvements they would like to see at Kensington Gardens?

The Kirkley Park Road/Kensington Road entrance to Kensington Gardens

The Kirkley Park Road/Kensington Road entrance to Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

This week, a town council spokesman said: "We’ve now closed the Kensington Gardens' Archway survey.

"The survey was to get public opinion on plans for a new archway over the Kirkley Park Road/Kensington Road entrance to the gardens.

Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft.

Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

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"We have been very pleased with the numbers of people who have responded and offered their opinions.

"The responses will now be collated and reviewed at the next park and open spaces sub-committee meeting on Tuesday, June 21."

Another of the entrances to Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft.

Another of the entrances to Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

With the Friends of Kensington Gardens consisting of a "group of committed locals" who meet up regularly to discuss plans for the park, they also "volunteer to help with the upkeep of the gardens" with weekly work taking place "on making this stunning and historic public place a garden to be proud of".

Another of the entrances to Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft.

Another of the entrances to Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

Next month, the Friends of Kensington Gardens will be celebrating the centenary as a special event is held on Saturday, June 11 at 1pm.

Another of the entrances to Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft.

Another of the entrances to Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

A range of activities for all the family will be held, including a 'then and now' photographic exhibition, music, storytelling, Punch and Judy, games, croquet, 1920s bowling, a gardening question and answer session and the unveiling of a new sculpture for the Gardens.