The restoration project
£5 million is being invested in Alexandra Park to bring much needed physical improvements to the community facilities and landscape, making it a park fit for the 21st Century.
£2.2million has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), this was match funded by the Council with further funding provided by the English Cricket Board, the Lawn Tennis Association and Sport England.
The money will be used to restore Chorlton Lodge, bringing it back into community use; restore the Pavilion creating a home for sports teams, a community café and a central hub for the park. There will be improvements to the lake, paths, drainage and the restoration of historical features such as the drinking fountain and tabernacle and the reintroduction of flowering plants and shrubs. The sporting history of the park will be brought back to life with the creation of a cricket square, lacrosse pitches and flood lit tennis courts as well as improved play facilities.
Alexandra Park is a Grade 2 listed landscape and so the restoration reflects the layout and infrastructure of the original park design. When the park opened to the public in 1870 it was innovative in its use of oval shaped and curved pathways and the introduction of sporting activity into an ornamental park.
The work on the park is due for completion in Summer 2014. To keep up to date with the restoration join the People’s Panel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the restoration plans.
Find out more about the Heritage Lottery Fund.