MORE work is under way to turn a derelict park into a science adventure wonderland.

Almost 20 companies have expressed interest in helping to redevelop Brooklands Pleasure Park in Worthing as plans to transform the former star attraction into a £2 million adventure park come into motion.

Worthing Borough Council project manager Gary Prescod said phase two of the project will soon be under way.

He said: “We’ve had to let things settle down a bit and I understand why people might think nothing has happened since we launched the masterplan.

“I want to assure people that we are just about to go to phase two and start clearing up the park while we assess the proposals to build us a beautiful park for future generations to enjoy.”

Soon work is set to begin to clear the park of all remaining buildings, including the red railway bridge that runs over the lake.

Wild flowers will be planted to return Brooklands to its natural state before development works start next year.

Work will soon begin in the lake to make it self-sustaining. Reed beds will be planted and boardwalks will be inspected as birds return to the lake after it was redesigned last year.

All of this comes as part of a “masterplan” to revive the park and make it a “jewel in the crown” of Worthing.

The council hopes to create outdoor leisure facilities, an adventure playground, and fitness trails around the park.

An indoor leisure centre will also be built in the south west corner of the park to keep crowds coming all year round.

The new Brooklands will also focus on educating visitors on science and nature, with a science-inspired adventure play trail tipped for the park.

Visitors will also be able to explore wildlife in the newly refurbished lake and learn planting skills in a community garden.

Finally, a cafe and picnic area will be built into the heart of the park.

While this new park is a long way away, with construction only expected to begin early next year, the council is still hoping to receive bids from businesses looking to get involved.

Councillor Edward Crouch, head of environmental services, said: “I think the masterplan is really very exciting. It makes Brooklands a fantastic green space for families to enjoy.”