Construction work begins on new cafe
Published on: 24 Nov 2016
IT'S taken years of hard work and dedication to get there but construction work on Page Park's much anticipated new cafe and community building has finally begun.
To signal the good news, tots from Page Park pre-school nursery joined in the fun in a ceremonial turf cutting event held at the Staple Hill green space. Members of Friends of Page Park, who have been instrumental in the success of a £1.6m lottery bid to improve the park, were also on hand to join in the celebrations along with Cllr Erica Williams, chair of South Gloucestershire Council, and Environment and Community Services chair Cllr Heather Goddard.
Additional improvements to be made during the five-year refurbishment project include the restoration of the historic clock tower and chiming clock, restoration of the tennis pavilion, resurfacing pathways, new gates and railings, new planting schemes, park warden, a programme of activities and training for volunteers.
These have been made possible thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant of £1.6million as well as further funding including council grants, which brings the total to a whopping £2.2million.
The Friends worked closely with South Gloucestershire Council for many years, ensuring the lottery bid had the best chance of success.
Cllr Williams said: “This is a historic milestone for Page Park and all the people who have worked so hard to bring their dreams to a reality. All those involved should feel very proud that their campaigning and fundraising to restore and refurbish the clock tower and tennis pavilion and provide a community building and café has brought them here today.
“This will be of huge benefit to not only the residents of Staple Hill but the wider community who already enjoy using the park and attend the many events that have been held here.”
Work on the cafe and community building, which will serve as a hub for the park and local community, is expected to be completed by June 2017.
The Friends are still fundraising for more improvements. If anyone wants to help they can go to BTGiving to make a donation or pop into Brunt and Fussell in Broad Street. They can also go to www.friendsofpagepark.co.uk where they can find the treasurer's address or get in touch via the Friends' Facebook page.
• South Gloucestershire Council is now asking for 'expressions of interest' from any community-minded person or group who wishes to run the café and community room. If you are interested, call the project officer on 01454 865858. The deadline to register is December 14.