Visitors to Southport’s Kings Gardens can now see the progress being made on the £5.5m revamp.
The historic seafront gardens were awarded more than £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) through their Parks for People programme. It is one of the largest current park restoration projects in the UK and is entirely externally funded. The first of the nine cast iron shelters that are being fully refurbished is being dismantled this week.
Wigan-based ironwork restorers ‘Lost Art,’ will return the shelters to their original splendour during the months ahead. Work to improve the area around the bowling green has also begun where all pathways are being resurfaced and drainage improved. Access via the steps on the Esplanade is currently cordoned off but other entrances to the site remain open.
Elsewhere, paths on the western lakeside have been closed either side of the Venetian Bridge to allow access improvements to the seating areas. These upgrades will make it safer and easier for wheelchair users and people with prams and pushchairs.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools, Families and Leisure, said: “Much positive feedback has been received about the landscaping works that have already taken place on King’s Gardens.
“Views that have been hidden for years are now open, making the gardens look spacious and inviting and enabling them to be seen from the Promenade.
“Information panels have been put up around the site to tell visitors what is going on. And I would like to remind people that, although work is taking place in some areas, the gardens are still very much open for business.” To find out more about the scheme, or join the ‘Friends of’ group, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/kingsgardens
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