£2.2m plans for Alexandra Park on show

David McCourt

Residents will have the chance to view the Heritage Lottery Funded project in Whalley Range at an open day next month.

The Manchester park received the grant as part of HLF's Parks for People programme. It also received funding from national sports organisations, including £135,000 from Sport England, to help restore the park to its former Victorian glory.

Alexandra Park WR The open day will be held at the Children's Centre in Alexandra Park where members of the design team will be answering questions.

As part of the project, the Pavilion will be restored and extended, becoming a hub of community activity, whilst the back of the Pavilion will be opened up to overlook the lake. Chorlton Lodge will also be restored creating office and community space.

Footpaths and the oval lawns will be reinstated where the original designs have been lost and historic features, such as the water fountain and flagstaff, will be restored.

Enabling work is due to start next month, with the main restoration work beginning in February 2013.

Cllr Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: "Alexandra Park has a rich heritage, reaching back over 140 years, and I'm sure this new development will allow it to be enjoyed for generations to come."

The Alexandra Park open day takes place on Saturday 1 December, from 11am until 4pm.

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Brilliant. Is this the same Council who demolished the original gardeners work space block a few years ago?

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