Work is expected to begin this autumn on the second phase of the refurbishment of Southport’s King’s Gardens.
Sefton Council began the restoration of King’s Gardens in 2012/13 through the Parks for People programme of the Heritage and Big Lottery Funds. Since then, the Gardens have grown in popularity and an active Friends of King’s Gardens group has been set up.
The next round of works, due to begin after the summer holiday season, will include improved disabled access to a number of areas on the Gardens, including a ramp to the arts and crafts shelter and improved access to the shelters on the curved section of Marine Lake.
There will also be a gate for the toddler play area, enhanced seating on the Ocean Plaza side of Marine Lake, a handrail on the Venetian Bridge and improvements to the steps to both the sunken garden and the bowling greens.
There are also plans for a wheelchair accessible roundabout in the play area and an RNIB approved tactile map to help visually impaired people find their way around the Gardens.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said, “It is really pleasing to see the way in which King’s Gardens has become popular with both local residents and visitors. Events such as the regular outdoor cinema screenings have been really popular.
“Because the original restoration works came in under budget, we are now able to carry out this additional work. We have consulted with the Friends Group as well as with Sefton Access Forum, the Police, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the local community to get an idea of how the money can be best spent.
“The consultation produced a lot of great ideas and we will now be taking many of them forward in the autumn.”
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