The Grand Reopening Gala will also include other family fun for residents and visitors alike, including Punch and Judy shows, heritage and botanical talks, arts and crafts, music and entertainment, displays, stalls and charity fundraising.
In the meantime, the borough council is seeking three lucky families from the borough to be the first back on the Boating Lake – and has launched a competition on its Facebook page.
Cllr Graham Plant, chairman of the economic development committee, said: “The Waterways have been transformed since ground was broken in June 2018, even winning a Green Flag Award, and that’s credit to everyone involved, especially our fabulous funders and dedicated staff and volunteers.
“The restoration of the Boating Lake and Island Café was one of the biggest and most ambitious parts of this project, and I’m sure many people watched the works progress with keen interest. We intend the Boating Lake to again become a destination in itself, complementing the Waterways in driving footfall to this area.
“I am looking forward with excitement to the Grand Reopening Gala and I hope that lots of people will visit with their friends and relatives to celebrate the restoration, enjoy the family fun, take to the water of the Boating Lake and visit the Island Café.”
The Waterways restoration has been funded by a £1.7m National Lottery grant awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, plus further support from the borough council, New Anglia LEP and the Government.
The project aims to involve the community in enhancing and interpreting a unique community facility, tourist attraction and heritage asset, supporting the local economy, boosting civic pride and providing people with meaningful opportunities to improve skills and access further training or employment.