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Extra funding found for Moor Park restoration

Posted on - 15th December, 2017 - 8:41am | Author - | Posted in - Moor Park, Parks, Preston Council, Preston News
Restoration work has been ongoing in the park in the last 18 months Pic: Jim Beattie
Restoration work has been ongoing in the park in the last 18 months Pic: Jim Beattie

More money has been found to continue the restoration of Preston’s oldest park.

Moor Park is seeing more than £2million spent on major works to it over the coming years.

Preston City Council has needed to find an additional £30,000 due to ‘unforeseen costs of the re-design’ of the park to meet requirements made by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Councillors heard at Thursday afternoon’s full council meeting how the number of people visiting the park had increased by more than 10 per cent in the last year.

Read more: Memorial benches unveiled in Moor Park

More than 600,000 people have visited the park during 2016 and they are also seeing a rise in the number of people volunteering with the Friends of Moor Park group.

A view of Moor Park Pic: Tony Worrall
A view of Moor Park Pic: Tony Worrall

An overall shortfall of funding of £93,000 has been identified as the works continue – but the city council is only meeting a third of this cost.

Work completed in Moor Park includes the installation of a new skate park, repairs to the grotto, pavilion and observatory, a new cafe being prepared and drainage work to stop flooding in various areas of the park.

Read more: Big Day Out Festival confirmed for Moor Park in 2018

Councillors were also told how work is continuing to improve two of the entrances to the park and this is due to be completed in spring 2018.

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