A bid for £4.7 million of Heritage Lottery Fund money for the restoration of Birmingham’s Handsworth Park has been a success, the city council has announced.
The park has been given Grade II-listed status as a prime example of a 19th-century urban park.
It is hoped that the cash injection will enable restoration of the two park buildings — the Sons of Rest Lodge and the boating pavilion — along with the lake, bandstand, boundary railings, gates and footpaths, and bring about the creation of new play and games areas.
The project is also supported by environmental trust Groundwork Birmingham, which will supply £1.3 million of European Regional Development Fund money. A further £1 million will come from the city council and just over £1 million from the SRB6 North West Corridors programme.
Cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture Ian Ward said: “We are confident this will provide the people of Handsworth and visitors across the city with a first-rate park facility they can be proud of.”
Footpath restoration has already been contracted to EMP, while the de-silting of the lake will be undertaken by Erris (Building).
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