£3.8m refurbishment of Pearson Park

£3.8m refurbishment of Pearson Park

£3.8m refurbishment of Pearson Park

A celebration has taken place at Pearson Park in Hull, following the recent completion of the £3.8million restoration scheme.

The restoration project was funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Works began in 2017.

The project has seen some of the park’s stunning Victorian features and significant assets, including the bandstand, returned to their original condition.

The historic entrance gateway was also reinstalled last December.

This was followed by a refurbishment of the bowling pavilion, and the restoration of the East Lodge.

£3.8m refurbishment of Pearson Park
Credit: Hull City Council.

The Pearson Park archwayThe Lord Mayor officially marked the completion of the refurbishment by cutting a ribbon on the new-look bandstand, which is a replica of the original design.

The popular ice cream kiosk has also been revamped and fitted with new French doors, windows, and a pergola with awning to provide shelter built at the front of the existing building.

New colourful planting schemes have been created across the park and new mature trees planted.

Councillor John Fareham, chairman of the Pearson Park Trust said:

“It’s been an incredible three years seeing some of the beautiful features of Pearson Park reinstated and I hope that Zachariah Pearson’s family are proud of the work that has been done to bring the park back to life.

“I thank The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund for supporting this stunning project, as well as council officers for their hard work, and the Pearson Park Trust for their support of my efforts, I am grateful for that chance.

“This small event isn’t quite the scale we were hoping for to celebrate such an achievement, however we are planning for a large public celebration for summer next year.”

David Renwick, area director north for The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“It’s great to see Pearson Park restored to its former glory. Our local parks are so important for communities as well as wildlife and many also have rich histories rooted in the stories of the places they sit within, and Pearson Park is no different.

“During the pandemic we have seen just how vital our parks are to our health and wellbeing, providing people with peaceful havens to visit and enjoy.

“Thanks to National Lottery players the project has restored and transformed this much loved park, ensuring it stays at the heart of the community.”

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