THE fight to restore a Huddersfield park to its former glory is being stepped up with the appointment of a full-time manager.
The new supremo should be in place by next month at Beaumont Park.
About £28,000 has been obtained by Friends of Beaumont Park from regeneration agency Huddersfield Pride.
The money will be used to fund the post for one year.
The manager will then be expected to be self-financing by obtaining further grants.
Clr Molly Walton, Labour councillor for Crosland Moor, said: "There is tremendous interest in parks now.
"For a time it seemed as if they went out of fashion. As a result of that, the cash-strapped council spent money on education and social services and parks became downgraded.
"People now seem to have a great interest in them, so we want to build on that interest."
Beaumont Park was donated to the local people by Victorian benefactors and used to feature a castle tearoom, boating lake, bandstand and waterfalls.
All the features are no longer in existence, but a band of enthusiastic local residents are keen to see the park restored.
The park manager will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the park's new visitor centre, based in a portable building, and organise events to encourage greater use of the park.
Clr Walton said the aim was to recruit by February.