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Alexandra Park Public Viewing, 1 Dec, 11am-4pm

Local residents will have the chance to view £2.2m improvement plans

Written by . Published on November 28th 2012.


Alexandra Park Public Viewing, 1 Dec, 11am-4pm

ALEXANDRA PARK has received £2.2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of their Parks for People programme and funding from national sports organisations, to help restore the park to its former Victorian glory. The total investment figure in the park will be £5m with sums of money from Manchester City Council and the Lawn Tennis Association.

Footpaths and the oval lawns in the park will be reinstated where the original designs have been lost and historic features, such as the water fountain and flagstaff, will be restored.

Now plans have been drawn up on how to spend the money. These will be available to view at the Children’s Centre in the middle of Alexandra Park from 11am until 4pm this Saturday. Members of the design team will be on hand to answer any questions from the public.Chorlton Lodge

Chorlton Lodge 

The park will see physical improvements relating to its original design. The Pavilion will be restored and extended, becoming a hub of community activity, the back of the Pavilion will be opened up to overlook the lake. Chorlton Lodge will also be restored creating office and community space.

Footpaths and the oval lawns in the park will be reinstated where the original designs have been lost and historic features, such as the water fountain and flagstaff, will be restored. 

Pavilion areaPavilion area

The regeneration of the park will also give the local community the opportunity to become more involved, giving them the chance to learn more about its heritage and how they can help look after the park. 

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: "The open day is a fantastic chance for people to see the exciting work that will transform Alexandra Park. Alexandra Park has a rich heritage, reaching back over 140 years, and I’m sure this new development will allow it to be enjoyed for generations to come.”   

The Alexandra Park open day takes place on Saturday 1 December, from 11am-4pm.

Alexandra Park, The Avenue. Thanks To Kh1234567890 On FlickrAlexandra Park, The Avenue. Thanks To Kh1234567890 On Flickr

 

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Ghostly TomNovember 28th 2012.

This is brilliant news. It's a lovely space that has seen better days. So glad that they are restoring the part to something of what it was. If Harrogate can managed why can't Manchester? Any chance of having the glass houses back that used to be on the Princess Road side of the park. You can see still their foundations in the grass.

callyNovember 29th 2012.

Looking forward to this...last in there mid 60`s

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the Whalley RangerNovember 30th 2012.

Looking forward to this...last in there every day.

The 'users' of the park have long changed, time to recognise that fact.

AnonymousNovember 30th 2012.

Waste of money.

The park is obviously not what it was, but it is still a pleasant bit of green space.

While pensioners freeze in winter I think the £2.2 million could be better spent, for example on a £220 heating grant to 10,000 poor people living nearby.

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GimboidNovember 30th 2012.

Is there a national charity that hands out money to people to pay their heating bills? I don't think there is, so I'm not sure how you think Lottery money could be diverted that way? Or should people stop playing the Lottery and give the cash directly to people struggling to make ends meet?

Ghostly TomDecember 3rd 2012.

We have the Social Security system to take care of little old ladies who struggle to pay their heating bills. It's over 200 billion, about 30% of our national income according to BBC Radio 4. 2.2 million on restoring the park for everyone's enjoyment is pretty small beer compared to that. Anonymous should remember what the National Lottery was set up for. It certainly shouldn't be used to support an incredibly well funded social security system. If little old ladies near Alexandra Park are going cold this winter, it's due to the Social Security budget not being directed at the right people.

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