New Canch Facilities are a Treat

New Canch Facilities are a Treat

Visitors to The Canch in Worksop are in for an award-winning treat thanks to a brand new refreshments kiosk and some impressive new facilities at the park.

As part of Bassetlaw District Council’s commitment to continually improving the overall facilities at its Green Flag award-winning park, a new building has been unveiled that boasts a refreshments kiosk, a Changing Places toilet, a disabled toilet, a baby change and parent WC in addition to four unisex toilets.

This new addition, which has been fully-funded and project managed by the Council, can be found opposite the splash pool, within an area of the sensory garden.

Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said: “The Canch and Memorial Gardens are a popular year-round destination and this fantastic new facility will improve the visitor experience even more.

“For a number of years, local people have asked for improved facilities like this and as a Council we are proud to deliver on our promise and enhance what is already a wonderful park.

“By installing more welcoming toilet facilities, a baby change area, and by adding another Changing Places facility, we hope this will make our park even more accessible to families of all ages and abilities.

“I’d like to thank all of the partners who have worked hard to deliver an impressive building and I’d also like to welcome the Manfredi family and wish them the best of luck.”

The renowned Worksop-based ice-cream maker Manfredi’s Ices has also launched a new venture based in the kiosk, The Canch Café, which opened to the public this week ahead of the half-term holidays.

The Canch Café and toilet facilities will be open daily between 10am and 4pm serving hot and cold drinks, snacks, sweet treats and of course, their award winning ice cream.

The Manfriedi family has been serving Ice Cream to the people of Worksop and Bassetlaw for more than 100 years and recently won two Ice Cream Alliance Awards – a Gold Medal in the Open Class Vanilla, and a Silver Medal in the Open Class Flavour for their Lotus Biscoff.

Robert Manfriedi, joint-owner, said: “We’re delighted to be based at the Canch and look forward to welcoming visitors to the park.

“As a 4th generation family business we have a strong connection to Worksop, so we can’t think of a better place to set up our first ice cream parlour and café and serve up some of our award-winning creations.”

One of the main features of the facility is a Changing Places toilet – which becomes the third Council-built and publicly accessible facility in Bassetlaw.

Derek Oliver, Changing Places Manager at Innova Care Concepts who supplied and installed the equipment, added: “It has been our pleasure to install a new Changing Place at The Canch, enabling more visitors to experience both the physical and mental health benefits that access to open spaces bring.

“By incorporating a Changing Place within their new facilities, Bassetlaw District Council have made The Canch and Memorial Gardens more accessible and inclusive for those with complex disabilities.”

Hughie Construction Ltd were the main contractors for the project and Richard Kirk, Managing Director said: “It was a pleasure to work with everyone who collaborated on this project to create an outstanding addition to the Canch Park.

“All building projects have their ups and downs, but this was a real team effort to overcome some unforeseen difficulties. I think the results show how co-operation between all parties including ourselves, PRB Architects, Carr Lynch Quantity Surveyors and the Council’s Project Manager, can make for a great community building.”

Last Updated on Monday, March 21, 2022