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Moor Park restoration project sees grotto brought back into use

Posted on - 6th November, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Moor Park, News, Parks, Preston Council
Work to create a new hard-standing events area in Moor Park

Work to create a new hard-standing events area in Moor Park

Multi-million pound restoration work on the oldest park in Preston is now in full swing.

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Moor Park is seeing a £2.35m revamp to bring it back to its Victorian era glory by Preston City Council, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Workmen are on site as a new events area is being created, drainage works mean the cricket field is less of a boggy mess and the grotto is being spring cleaned.

Laying the new decorative footpaths

Laying the new decorative footpaths

Drainage work on the cricket pitches

Drainage work on the cricket pitches

New footpaths are being laid in the decorative garden and work on the Observatory, owned by the University of Central Lancashire, has also been done.

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Cabinet member for community and environment councillor Robert Boswell said: “Moor Park is Preston’s oldest park and the Heritage Lottery funding is vital in helping us to progress our restoration plans.

“There is some great work being carried out, not only by our own Parks staff but by some of the most experienced contractors across the North West. We hope Prestonians and visitors enjoy seeing our plans take shape and help us celebrate next year when it’s completed.”

Drinking fountain restored at the grotto

Drinking fountain restored at the grotto

Grotto has been tidied up

Grotto has been tidied up

The city council is also still looking for donations to be made for new benches in Moor Park, but it’ll set you back £1,000 for a dedicated bench.

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