Friends of Page Park delighted to receive Lottery funding bonanza

Published on: 03 Aug 2013

IT’S been a tense time for supporters of Page Park but they have been able to heave a sigh of relief after being told they have scooped £117,000 to take their ambitious plans for the park one step further.

The cash will pay for detailed improvement plans to be drawn up so they can then apply for a full £1.6 million grant to enhance the park.

The money has been given to South Gloucestershire Council and Friends of Page Park by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund.

The project aims to restore Page Park so that it forms the green “heart” of Staple Hill where people can go to enjoy high quality facilities, outdoor events and activities and to relax and meet other people in a safe, well managed and welcoming setting.

The project will restore the park’s heritage features, provide a new café/community building with public toilets and deliver a program of activities, events and training for the community.

The project will support a range of activities such as community and heritage celebration events, music in the bandstand, youth activities, get active in the park projects, training and skills development for local people and support for volunteers to help manage the park.

The project will also restore many of the park’s heritage features such as the stone boundary walls, gateways, clock tower shelter and drinking fountain and replace the iron railings lost during the Second World War. 

A range of landscape improvements that respect the park’s Edwardian character and enhance biodiversity are also among the proposals.

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 the recently completed restoration of the grand bandstand.

Lorna Carter-Stephens, chairwoman of the Friends of Page Park, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the park has received this award and we will now work hard to ensure the local community have their say on what activities they would like to see taking place in their park.”

Councillor Claire Young, chairwoman of South Gloucestershire Council’s communities committee, said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund have given us this support. Page Park is the most important green space in Staple Hill and has been much loved by generations of local people since it was given to the people of Staple Hill in 1910. It is great to know that we are now a step closer to regenerating the park so that future generations can continue to enjoy it.

“Congratulations and thanks must go to the Friends of Page Park and the council officers who supported them for their hard work in mounting this bid. Page Park is valued by the residents of the Staple Hill area who gave wide support to this application.”

Carole Souter, chief executive of HLF, said on behalf of HLF and the Big Lottery Fund: “Many public parks are really suffering in the current economic climate so this is particularly good news for the area. Parks are important to all of us and add so much to our quality of life. Page Park will help to bring the local community together and now we can help to secure its future.”

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