Bath & North East Somerset Council’s £100,000 improvements to Queen Square Gardens in Bath are set to be completed by the end of November.
The perimeter and connecting paths will have been completely restored and the historic east and west gateways will be re-opened making the square more accessible.
The improvements will also deliver refurbished benches, re-seeded lawns, improvements for boules players and managed trees to let in more sunlight.
Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are delighted that Queen Square Gardens have been rejuvenated. This investment restores its historic landscape and makes it much more accessible for everyone to enjoy.
“We’d like to thank residents and visitors for their patience during the improvement work and also to local businesses, in particular Thring’s and MediaClash and all those who have helped shape and deliver this improvement.”
Thrings solictiors will be hosting an opening celebration for the square’s residents on December 2, at their Queen Square office.
After Christmas, the Council also plans to improve cycling and pedestrian links from Queen Square to Victoria Park.
A removable traffic island will be put in the North West corner of the square and this will help pedestrians and cyclists getting across to Victoria Park.
When removed, it will allow two-way traffic to flow on the north side of the square on a temporary basis, helping the square to better accommodate celebrations and events.
Simon Holdsworth, Managing Partner at Thrings, said: “This excellent initiative to restore Queen Square’s central garden is the first important step in opening up the square for people to use and enjoy.”
Greg Ingham, Chief Executive of MediaClash and organiser of the Bath Boules, said: “This rejuvenation will help bring a new vitality to the very heart of Bath. A revived square plus the opportunity for temporary closure on two sides will enable a very special Bath Boules in June.”