Asset sale sees Sheffield secure funds to restore park

Graves Park in Sheffield is being improved following the sale of a derelict cottage on the edge of its boundary.

Woodseats Playground - image: Sheffield City Council
Woodseats Playground - image: Sheffield City Council

The sale of Cobnar Cottage, plus additional funding, meant that Sheffield City Council had almost £300,000 to spend on creating new outdoor field shelters at the park's animal farm, installing new play equipment, revamping toilet facilities, and upgrading tennis courts.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: "It’s great to hear that the money from the sale of Cobnar Cottage is already making a big difference to Graves Park.

"It is no secret that we as an authority are under huge budget pressures, and we are very limited in the money that we can put into our city’s much-loved parks.

Works on the tennis courts are being carried out in conjunction with the Lawn Tennis Association, and will see the courts brought up to the standard of other recently-revamped tennis courts in the city.

Meanwhile, improvements to play facilities at the Cobnar Road playground – also known as Woodseats Playground – and also near the Rose Garden Cafe, will provide better-quality facilities.

Graves is the largest of more than 90 parks in Sheffield. Together, the city has 800 or so green spaces, making up more than 3,602 hectares of open space.

Earlier this year that Sheffield announced it is investing £1.5m in its parks over the next three years.

The money, £500,000 a year for the next three financial years, will go towards improving parks and play facilities. Some of the money will also go towards recruiting four new apprentices, to work across Sheffield City Council’s parks and countryside service.

Councillor Lea added: "We in Sheffield are proud of our green and open spaces. From huge city parks through to ancient woodlands, open fields and urban playgrounds, we have much to cherish and enjoy.

"We also know that green spaces are important for people getting out in the fresh air and becoming active, whether that’s through walking, running, cycling or just playing.

"And that’s why we’re putting this extra money into parks and green spaces in the areas of the city that most need it."

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