Plans to regenerate Page Park in Staple Hill have moved a step closer today with the announcement of more than £100k of Lottery funding.
South Gloucestershire Council has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund for the project which aims to restore Page Park so that it forms the green ‘heart’ of Staple Hill.
Development funding of £117,000 has been awarded to help the council and the Friends of Page Park to move forward their plans to apply for a full grant of £1.6 million at a later date.
The project will restore the park’s heritage features, provide a new café/community building and deliver activities, events and training that will meet the needs of the local community whilst involving a wider range of people with the park.
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.
It will also restore 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.
Page Park was originally part of the Hill House estate and given to the community of Staple Hill by Alderman Arthur William Page in 1910.
Lorna Carter-Stephens, chair 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.”