Chester's Grosvenor Park has passed the initial stage of bidding for Heritage Lottery Fund cash for £3.5m restoration plans.
Cheshire West and Chester Council was awarded £94,300 to progress plans over the next two years so that a detailed submission can be made. These will include a bid for £2.26m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Plans include developing Grosvenor Park to its original landscape and create a Green Flag standard park, which includes community involvement.
The park was a gift to the city of Chester from Richard Grosvenor, the Second Marquis of Westminster in the 18th Century. The landscape was designed by Edward Kemp and architect John Douglas designed the Park Lodge which will be restored as part of the project.
Cllr Richard Short, executive member for culture and recreation, said: "Grosvenor Park means a great deal to the local community and is enjoyed by many visitors to Chester each year.
"If successful this project will offer a wonderful opportunity to restore the park and we are committed to local people being involved in its restoration and long term management.
"We will be working hard to show the Heritage Lottery Fund that the plans we have will be successful and will build on the success of Grosvenor Park for generations to come."