Friends give park a spring makeover
Published on: 02 May 2017
FRIENDS of Page Park say they have been bowled over by the number of volunteers who turned up to take part in this year's The Big Tidy Up.
Around 50 people of all ages rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in during the event, which took place on March 25.
Work included clearing rubbish hidden under hedges, washing down tables and benches, washing down the bandstand and cleaning play equipment.
The park is currently benefiting from a £1.6 million lottery grant as well as extra funding secured by Friends of Page Park.
The money will be spent on improving the park and plans include a cafe and community building, currently under construction, restoration of the historic clocktower and new paths and planting schemes.
Steph Purser, vice chairwoman of Friends of Page Park, said: "We had almost 50 people turn up to help including a group of volunteers from the Church of the Latter-day Saints.
"It was a really good day with a great atmosphere. We all worked really hard but really enjoyed it.
"With the construction work going on in the park it's got a bit dusty since but at least it's had a bit of a clean."
The lottery windfall is helping to generate new interest in the park with many people excited to see the long-awaited cafe and community building starting to take shape.
Steph said: "We are getting so many more people turning up to our events and it's so nice to have the extra help. There's a lot of work involved in keeping our park nice and we need as much help as we possibly can."
A programme of activities and events for Page Park is underway including Walking for Health walks, Couch to 5K, and a junior parkrun scheduled to launch this summer on Sundays at 9am. Other events in 2017 include Bark in the Park, Pumpkin Patch and Carols in the Clock Tower. The next event is a Salvation Army band and choir concert on Sunday May 14.
Future plans for the park include creating interpretation panels plus an oral history project collecting people’s memories of the park. Restoration of walls, gates, railings and other heritage features are also in the pipeline.
The Friends are now looking for volunteer gardeners to help out during a number of planting days over the next few months. Details can be found at www.friendsofpagepark.co.uk
It is hoped the cafe and community building will open in time for the school summer holidays in July.
Photos courtesy of Terry Graham