Cool-off with even more water at Clifton Park!

Published Wednesday, 12th August 2015
Giant rhubarb at Clifton park
Jaymison Wheatley and Savarna Hall are pictured with the giant rhubarb in the newly-restored Rock Garden in Rotherham's Clifton Park

Looking for somewhere to cool-off during the school holidays - then why not try Rotherham's award-winning Clifton Park?

The park now boasts three different water features thanks to the running water in the newly-restored Rock Garden.

For the first time in over 40 years the waterfalls in the garden are up and running, meaning that visitors to the park have yet another 'watery' option to choose from.

The working waterfalls are a great addition to the park, particularly on a hot day, and add to the other water features such as the fountain in the Memorial Garden and all the fun of the Watersplash.

The Rock Garden was a key element of the multi-million pound restoration of Clifton Park that was made possible thanks to a £4.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. 

Originally built as a memorial to the Second World War, the waterfalls of the Rock Garden appear to have worked until the early 1960’s, when they fell into disrepair.

The waterfalls were all set to flow again with the lottery-funded restoration and the work was nearly finished when the contractor went into administration, leaving the rock garden with a stream that would not flow.

Now the water is back on and together with some exotic and interesting planting with plants such as Giant Rhubarb and lilies by the Clifton Park team, the Rock Garden makes for a cool and peaceful spot to spend some time.

Cllr David Roche, Advisory Cabinet Member for Leisure Services for Rotherham Council, said: "The working Rock Garden adds yet another element to the variety on offer at Clifton Park making it even a better day out.

"Clifton Park and Museum is a great day out for everyone, particularly families - who can while away the summer holidays by enjoying not only the water features but also the attractions such as the Play Park and the Fun Park."

The Clifton Park team would love to hear from anyone who can remember the Rock Garden when it was originally installed - or even better, if they have any old photos. Please contact the Park on its Facebook page:

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