Work has started on improving the riverside walk running through Becket's Park linking Midsummer Meadow with the new Northampton Marina.
In the last few years the riverside has been transformed with new a new 80-berth marina, public art and improvements to the pathways running from Sixfields to Midsummer Meadow. This new phase of work will see the final section of the riverside walk completed just in time for the Riverside Festival in August.
Northampton Borough Council is investing almost £300,000 in improving the Becket's Park promenade. Park goers will be able to walk along the new resurfaced footpath or enjoy watching the world go by on one of the new park benches. The project will also see new bins and lighting added to the park.
Councillor Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council's cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise said: "For years the Nene has been one of our town's hidden treasures. But more and more people are discovering that the river is the perfect place to relax thanks to the new marina and improvements along the riverside from Sixfields to Midsummer Meadows.
"With a number of major new developments planned on the south bank of the river, the walk will no doubt become an easy and attractive pedestrian link to the town centre."
The footpath will reopen at the end of July in time for the Riverside Festival, a free family event celebrating the past, present and future of the River Nene.
With some final improvements being made before the end of the year when work on the marina is completed.