Sparks event to go ahead with small changes

One of the worst parts of Horsham Park on Wednesday morning - photo by Steve Cobb S12271513X
One of the worst parts of Horsham Park on Wednesday morning - photo by Steve Cobb S12271513X

Today (Wednesday July 11) Horsham District Council has said it plans to go ahead the Sparks in the Park event Sunday from 12noon to 5pm.

Considering the weather forecast for the next few days, the council, along with its many partners, is planning to proceed with event in Horsham Park, but there will be alternative arrangements for parking and some of the activities may be modified.

The ground is very soft in some areas of park and are not expected to dry out before Sunday and the situation is being monitored regularly. For safety and to protect the park as much as possible, a couple of changes have been agreed according to the event’s wet weather plan.

There will be no parking available in the park itself, but there will be free public parking will be in the council’s town centre car parks. Horsham Park is less than five minutes’ walk from Carfax via Medwin Walk and the Albion Way underpass.

If the weather is fine on the day visitors are also encouraged to walk, cycle or use public transport as far as practically possible. While in the park people are advised to use the hard standing pathways as much as possible to move between the various elements of the event.

The Stay Safe Driving experience, which was to be in Horsham Park, will instead be run in Swan Yard, next to the Swan Walk Carfax entrance. This was a popular activity in this location at this year’s Easter Piazza Italia and StaySafe will also have an information gazebo in the Park itself.

An HDC spokesman said: “We hope as many people as possible enjoy the event this Sunday, which we and our partners have spent so much effort in planning.

“However, we ultimately need to act to ensure public safety and the protection of the park so we strongly advise people to check the council’s website and Horsham District Council’s facebook page or the the local media for the latest information before setting out.

“Horsham District Council might need to cancel the event in part or full at short notice should rain be more persistent to ensure public safety.”

Further updates from the council will be issued over the weekend and displayed on the County Times website.

See the Sparks in the Park preview in tomorrow’s County Times