A destination and a starting point
The Embankment, on the northern side of the River Nene on the outskirts of Wellingborough, has long been a favoured recreational haunt of the people of Wellingborough. Formalised recreational facilities of some form have been here for nearly 100 years.
Following the collapse of the Embankment Wall (originally constructed the 1920's) in 1997, a series of actions were started to revitalise the riverside scene and increase visitor numbers, by providing a recreational focus for the town of Wellingborough.The actions taken have formed a series of interlinking projects brought forward mainly by the Borough Council of Wellingborough. They have resulted in the Embankment becoming one of the most popular recreational areas managed by the Council. Completed projects include-
- Reconstruction of Embankment Wall and widening of riverside path.
- Replacement of the old paddling pool with an Aquatic Play Area utilising spring water.
- Extension of moorings along the river bank opposite Whitworth's Mill.
- Renovation of car-parking facilities, being surfaced with permeable paviours and Grasscrete blocks.
- Upgrading of footpath from the Embankment to Upper Wellingborough Locks
- Refurbishment of public toilets adjacent to Aquatic Play Area with carer and baby facility to the rear.
- Construction of a bridge over the river east of the Embankment linking the cycleway network to employment land on the south side of the river.
Projects in the pipeline include:-
- Greenway link (pedestrian/cyleway) between the Embankment and Summer Leys Local Nature Reserve using the redundant track-bed/haul-road from the railway/gravel workings.
- Conversion of a large part of the redundant shelter bounding the Aquatic Play area into a waste collection and sanitary disposal point for boaters.
- The remainder of the shelter may be used to provide some sheltered changing area for users of the Aquatic Play area
- Provision of riverside lighting for pedestrians/cyclists using the nearby bridge over the Nene to employment areas on the south side of the river.