THE GROUND has been broken on a brand new park being created in Bridlington.

The new "linear" park has been designed for the banks of the Gypsey Race running through the centre of town.

The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the first of two phases should be complete by autumn.

Gypsey Race Park has been planned as a "green corridor" along the stream providing walking and cycling routes, play areas and improved habitats for wildlife. It is part of Bridlington’s regeneration plans and has been planned to provide an attractive edge for the developments and the improved streets being created.

The first phase of the park is being developed next to Hilderthorpe Coach Park.

East Riding's Cllr Andy Burton said: “More than £5 million is being invested in this project over the two phases of development and the feedback we have received for the scheme has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Not only is the new park going to help boost the economy, it will also provide a new recreation space to be enjoyed by all – benefitting people’s health and wellbeing.”