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Alexandra Park, Whalley Range, Receives £2m

Welcome boost for a city classic

Published on December 21st 2011.


Alexandra Park, Whalley Range, Receives £2m

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THE Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund have awarded £2.2m to Manchester City Council and a community group for the restoration of Alexandra Park in Whalley Range.

Work will include opening up the Pavilion to overlook the lake, creation of offices and community space in Chorlton Lodge and reinstatement of oval lawns and historic features of park, which opened in 1870, such as the water fountain and flagstaff.

Cllr Mike Amesbury, executive member for culture and leisure, said: "Our proposals were shaped by a People's Panel and public support was crucial in the success of the bid. This funding, even more welcome in the current difficult financial climate, will allow us to transform Alexandra Park into one of the region's finest outdoor spaces."

Paul Benson-Hannam, chairman of the Friends of Alexandra Park, said, "This is fantastic news and the result of nearly ten year's hard work by the council and friends group. This will make a huge difference to the local area and all the communities that surround it."

Alex Park OldAlexandra Park In The Nineteenth Century

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

Calum McGDecember 21st 2011.

This is wonderful news!

AnonymousDecember 21st 2011.

As a local to the park this is welcome news but it feels rather bittersweet when you consider the scale of cutbacks to maintenance and development at all other parks across the city. £2 million quid could have made improvements that everyone in Manchester would have benefited from.

Calum McGDecember 21st 2011.

But the money is from the Lottery for a specific project, not to prop up a council that has too much red tape? Nice idea, tho.

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AnonymousDecember 21st 2011.

Yep, I know, thanks. Just seems an regrettable dynamic.

AnonymousDecember 21st 2011.

why was the park allowed to fall into disrepair? just like so many other municipal facilites

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Bang on M21December 22nd 2011.

Gambling followed by deprivation

aroundM21December 21st 2011.

At least there is some goodness in life going on at the moment !
Wonderful, an excellent investment for quality of life for many.

Adam Bruderer shared this on Facebook on December 22nd 2011.
ChorltongalDecember 22nd 2011.

Can't wait! - never been to Alexandra Park (even though I am only up the Road in Chorlton) as I've always been too scared. Perhaps with investment it will become a safer place to spend time for families and people that don't want to 'tool up' before going for a walk in the park.

Now having visions of Hyde Park-esque evening concerts, Baths Royal Crescent-esque ball games and Heaton Park-esque picnics... Yay!

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AnonymousDecember 23rd 2011.

Are you joking? What makes you think Alex Park is dangerous?

Catherine McHenryFebruary 8th 2013.

Alex Park is no more or less dangerous than any other in the North West's upper-working to upper-middle class areas and districts - Chorlton and Longford included. Hyde Park it will never be - nor should it.
The word 'yay' frightens me - don't use it again. We look back on old photos with disdain, wondering why we wore those things - thank god we cant hear ourselves in the same capacity. Think on it!
If it becomes dogs on leads then the urban sprawl has crept a fraction too far and the mirror that we hold up against gentrification will be that little bit cloudier. People do not need redevelopment placed in their direct view, it should really be subtle, varied and intelligent. I will miss the dense trees and the wildness.
I hope you are working a nice parody there - CHORLTONGAL - go to another park if you are not please.

the Whalley RangerDecember 29th 2011.

Has anyone noticed all those lovely new street signs around? They read:

Whalley Range Conservation Area

Are we going all Cheshire now? Ah, no - we already have the best private schools in entire Greater Manchester...Porsche School Run Galore.

terryJuly 22nd 2012.

what a waste of time and money noone who uses the park agrees with proposals.Pathways should be priority.Trees at top of park should not be cut down,protect path from rain and snow.Now I am being told Lacrosse pitch agreed what you must be joking.

David HulsonJuly 5th 2014.

About time the park has some TLC , getting rid of all that dead wood and saying get lost to all those tree huggers , all that forest was never there and it had to come out it was turning the park into a no go area and put people off the park ,it's great to see the work being done ,replanting ,new drainage and the lake being cleared of rubbish, shame the place was left to deteriorate over so many years , but perhaps some of its former glory can come back, but alas I think some thing have gone for good,like the band stand (my grand father was the conductor of a band that played there in the summer) also the putting green, cactus house the shelters and the band of hope fountain ,perhaps I'm wishing for too much as I remember it from my youth but hay anything is possible.

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GimboidJuly 5th 2014.

Yeah... I think you missed your opportunity to contribute to the debate, David, considering this story is rather old and the work has been under way for more than a year.

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