Page Park – the Heritage Lottery Project
In 2015 South Gloucestershire Council and the Friends of Page Park were awarded a grant of £1.6 million to restore Page Park over a period of three years, in recognition of the importance of this green space in the ‘heart’ of Staple Hill, where people come to enjoy high quality facilities, outdoor events and activities, to relax and meet other people in a safe, well managed and welcoming setting.
The below community needs were identified and included in our successful application:
- a new café / community building (with new toilets)
- new toddlers play area
- refurbishment of tennis pavilion & use as a volunteers centre/tennis pavilion
- creating and improving landscape & habitats
- repair and restoration of stone boundary walls
- restoration of the clock tower shelter
- restoration of stone gate pillars
- repair / improvement works to some paths
- improvements to the accessibility of the park
- restoration of all park gates
- restoration of granite drinking fountain
- replacement of park railings (cut down in WW2)
- a comprehensive programme of activities and events to engage more, and a wider range of people with the heritage
- training and skills development for new and existing volunteers to become involved in the care and management of the park
- a wide range of interpretation and learning projects
The above programme is already underway and will help contribute to the regeneration of Staple Hill by improving the parks quality, accessibility and facilities. The Parks for People funding will also provide volunteering, training and skill development opportunities linked to the activities programme in the park.
Friends of Page Park
Our partners, the Friends of Page Park will continue to work closely with the council and the community in all aspects of park management including delivery of the Heritage Lottery Page Park Project, event management, fund raising and park maintenance. We look forward to working with the Friends of Page Park and the Staple Hill community to continue to improve historic and much loved Page Park.
To find out general information about the park, ongoing groups and events visit: www.southglos.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks-and-open-spaces/page-park-events/
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