Fireworks will bring Greenhead Park regeneration to a spectacular end
IT’S been a long time coming but Greenhead Park is ready for its official re-opening.
And it comes 127 years after the park was first opened to the public.
People will be able to see the splendour of the park’s £3.75m regeneration for themselves at a special celebration day later this month, designed to show off the restoration of the 34 acre park.
Work was due to be competed last year but delays meant the official re-opening is around a year behind schedule.
Clr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Over the summer months visitors have begun flocking back to the park and we’ve had some fantastic feedback about the renovations that have taken place.
“These celebrations are an ideal opportunity for new and returning visitors to explore the park and see for themselves what a wonderful transformation has taken place.”
On Sunday, September 25, the Celebrate Greenhead Park event will be the first big event for all the community to be held in the park since work began.
A council spokeswoman said: “September is a symbolic month for Greenhead Park – it was first open to the public in September 1884 and so the event is a chance to celebrate its 127 years as well as the completion of the restoration work.”
The Victorian park will host a feast for all the family from 1pm when activities include skate and cycle stunt displays and water activities, including Zorbing in the paddling pool. A Bandstand Marathon will be held in the refurbished bandstand.
From 4pm the same day a Birthday Banquet will take place with families invited to take picnics along and enjoy entertainers and musical and theatrical performers.
Strolling street theatre performers will also be entertaining the crowd across the park throughout the afternoon.
A magical opening ceremony will be held beside the lake and from 7pm a spectacular firework display will bring the day’s celebrations to a close.
The Friends of Greenhead Park will unveil an exhibition detailing the park’s history, in the cafés and community rooms.
The restoration of the park has been four years in the completion.
The £3.75m renovations were financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional funding from Kirklees Council.
In September 2008 phase one of the project began with the demolition of the toilet block near the paddling pool, and the glasshouses behind the conservatory.
In July 2009 work began to restore and repair the park’s buildings and install the park railings and gates.
Improvements to the main grassed arena, a play area and a new bowling pavilion followed.