Upbeat update from council on Sparks in the Park

The carnival at last year's Sparks in the Park, credit Toby Phillips Photography
The carnival at last year's Sparks in the Park, credit Toby Phillips Photography

The council has released a positive update on the Sparks in the Park event due to go ahead in Horsham Park on Sunday (July 15).

On Friday afternoon (July 13) said considering forecast weather up to and including Sunday July 15, Horsham District Council - along with its many partners - intends to go ahead with the potentially brilliant Sparks in the Park event in Horsham Park this Sunday 15 July from 12noon to 5pm.

The park and weather conditions are being regularly monitored and all potential visitors and event partners are being advised to check with the council’s website on Sunday morning before setting out for the event.

The next update will be first thing on Sunday morning.

Ground conditions are very soft in some areas of Horsham Park and are not expected to dry out before Sunday. As a result, 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:

Public parking

Event public parking will be in Horsham District Council’s town centre car parks which are all free to use on the day. Horsham Park is less than 5 minutes walk from Carfax via Medwin Walk and the Albion Way underpass. No public parking will be available in Horsham Park itself.

If the weather is fine on the day visitors are also encouraged to walk, cycle or use public transport as far as practically possible.

Stay Safe Under 17 Drivers Experience

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.

Sports Zone activities

Sports Zone activities will be confined to volleyball on the grass with basketball and tennis moving to the courts next to the Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park.

Depending on how wet the ground is some more of the activities may need to be modified or suspended for safety’s sake.

Event layout

Maximum use will be made of the hard pathways in Horsham Park in order for visitors to be able to move around the various elements of the event.

A spokesperson for Horsham District Council 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 www.horsham.gov.uk and Horsham District Council’s facebook page or 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 information updates will be issued over the weekend on online on The County Times website and also the council’s website and via Horsham District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages plus the local media.