Work will begin on the £2.5 million restoration of the award winning Victoria Park in Stafford in September.
This will mean popular events such as the ‘Stafford Half Marathon’ and ‘Party in the Park,’ will go ahead as normal this year. And ‘Ironman 70.3’ will be able to use the park as part of its running stage which is taking place in the town centre for the first time, in June.
The project has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and as well as restoring key historical features will include an enhanced catering facility, improved aviary and a horticultural learning centre.
Stafford Borough Council was successful in securing a bid for over £1.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund as part of the ‘Parks for People’ programme to carry out the extensive work.
Victoria Park is more than 100 years old and has been awarded the ‘Green Flag’ as one of the best parks and open spaces in the country since 2007. In 2011 the council transformed the play area of the park which proved an enormous success and it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by online travel review site - Trip Advisor - for its great customer feedback.
Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said the authority had an excellent track record in improving facilities in the borough.
“This work is about restoration. We want to bring back and restore historic features so they are not lost for future generations - while improving on existing facilities using feedback from residents, park users and those who play a key role within the park.”
“Victoria Park is a jewel in the Stafford crown and an important gateway to the town for visitors arriving from the railway station and we want to ensure it continues to be a beautiful haven for more local people and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.”
The work is expected to take around 15 months to complete with regular park updates from the council on plans, activities and events before, and during, construction.
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