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Five-star Gosford.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Five-star Gosford. thumbnailAerial picture of Markethill and Gosford Forest Park. The park is set for a major redevelopment. Picture courtesy of Martin McCann Photography.

COUNCIL plans to transform Gosford Forest Park in Markethill into a five-star family-focussed holiday destination were revealed this week.

The 5 million plan came before Monday night's meeting of ABC Council's Leisure and Community Services Committee and includes the development of a state-of-the-art visitor centre at a cost of 2.1 million.

Other facilities include a multi-use trail system, an adventure play trail, extension to the existing car-park (it's understood this will mean the removal of the old water wheel and this area of grass) the creation of an overflow car-park, parking prevention infrastructure, signage, landscaping and the introduction of pay & display parking machines.

Notably there is no provision for a reduction in the current car-parking charge of 5 for each car or 50 for the annual pass. Work will also begin soon at addressing the issue of motorists parking on the hard shoulder outside the main gates to the park.

In April 2016 Outdoor Recreation NI were employed by the council to draw-up a masterplan for the redevelopment of the park.

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