£100,000 appeal fund launched to get park revival under way
Published on: 31 Mar 2015
A MASSIVE fundraising drive is underway to restore Page Park to its former glory.
Friends of Page Park are calling on residents, park users and businesses to get behind their bid to raise £100,000.
The group will find out later this year if it is successful in securing a Heritage Lottery bid of a whopping £1.6 million which will ensure park will be preserved for generations to come.
The money has already been agreed in principle but a condition of the bid is that the Friends and South Gloucestershire Council show their commitment to the project by raising additional funds.
Steph Purser, vice chair of the Friends, said: “We know it is a big ask but if every member of the community gave just £1 we would reach our goal.”
There are three ways people can donate (see opposite), including attending an family event at Page Park on Sunday June 7.
Two council project officers have spent the past eighteen months putting together the development phase of the plans which includes work on designs, materials and costs.
It follows a successful lottery bid of £117,000 to evolve the plans and take them through to the next stage
* A new building with cafe, community room and toilets
Restoration of the clock tower and chiming clock
Restoration of perimeter walls, gate pillars and gates
Reinstating the iron railings that were taken down in Second World War
Repairing paths and adding a new path on the Park Road side of the park
* Moving the children’s play area and adding new equipment
Creating a growing area with wheelchair friendly greenhouse, paths and raised beds
* New landscaping
This list forms the main project but other work will be carried out including mending the water fountain, creating a boules area, adding drainage for the football pitches and cleaning the war memorial.
Although there was investigation into replacing the pavilion and creating one building the funding needed is not in place however the Friends hope to look at this project in the near future.
Plans for the café, community room and toilets are now with the council’s planning department and can be viewed online.
If the proposals are passed by the council, the application will be resubmitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund in June for final consideration and approval.
The outcome to the lottery bid is likely to be known early in the autumn.
Page Park was originally part of the Hill House estate and was gifted to the community of Staple Hill by a local benefactor, Alderman Arthur William Page, in 1910.
The Friends of Page Park, which was set up in 1999 to develop and protect the park, have already been behind the many existing improvements to the park including a sensory garden in 2006 and restoration of the grand bandstand in 2012.
Mrs Purser said: “This is an amazing opportunity for the park and the community and will ensure our park is there for generations to come. We really hope people can support us and help us to fulfil our dreams to restore our beautiful park.”
There are three ways you can donate to help restore Page Park
1. Pop along to estate agents Brunt and Fussell in Staple Hill which has offered to collect donations. Envelopes will be available at the shop.
2. Cheques, payable to The Friends of Page Park, can be sent to:
Friends of Page Park
41 Stockwell Drive, Downend
South Gloucestershire BS16 9DW
Please add your name address and date of birth to enable the Friends to claim gift aid.
3. Visit the Friends of Page Park gazebo at The Big Lunch on Sunday June 7 from 11.30am-4pm. This event is the brainchild of the Eden Project in Cornwall to bring families, friends and communities together.
Further information about this event and for the Friends of Page Park can be found at www.friendsofpagepark.co.uk
To contact the Friends please use the contact page on the website or send a message on Facebook.
PAGE Park development project manager Alison Brown is pictured talking to a resident during one of the consultations about the plans.
Alison, along with fellow project manager Sally Green set up boards containing details of the plans in Tesco, Broad Street.
They added orange buckets each representing different aspects of the project including the cafe, reinstating the railings and children’s play area. Shoppers were then given three balls and asked to put them in the bucket which represented to them the most important part of the project.
At the end of the day, it was clear the majority of people were keen to see a cafe in the park.
Further consultations took place in the library and in the park.