£4.2m park restoration to include new facilities

Successful bid will bring about long-awaited improvements for park

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a £4.2m grant to restore a Surrey park. The successful bid means Priory Park in Reigate will be given a multi-million-pound makeover to restore its historic landscape while incorporating modern leisure facilities. Plans include the reconditioning of formal gardens around the Priory building. Tree-lined avenues will be reinstated to recreate the 18th-century landscape and the park’s lake will be cleaned out. New facilities in the plans include a children’s play area based on a nautical theme, along with facilities for skateboarding and basketball. A glass pavilion will provide a café, toilets and information space for the park. HLF senior grants officer Jason Lowe said: “The restoration of Priory Park’s most significant historic and landscape features is a positive move for everyone in the community and will improve people’s understanding of the park.” Detailed designs will now be completed and landscape and building contractors will be appointed ahead of the start date, which is set for 2007. The HLF grant includes contribution to a 10-year plan to ensure the park is secure and well-maintained.

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