MULTIMILLION pound work to revamp Huddersfield’s popular Greenhead Park is on target,residents have been told.
The £5.4m upgrade began last July and interested parties had their first chance to see the progress of the project at a presentation at Huddersfield Town Hall.
The ambitious facelift includes a £300,000 restaurant, new £100,000 park gates and a £240,000 ornamental lake.
Kirklees Council’s project manager, Robert Whittaker, said despite the heavy snowfall, they were still on target to finish in the autumn.
Mr Whittaker said: “When you walk around the park at the moment it looks like a bit of a mess because we’re halfway through the process.
“We’re trying to keep as much of the park open as possible, but it’s inevitable there will be times when sections need to be closed.”
The first work to be completed is the 1920s bandstand.
Workers have revamped the woodwork and re-roofed it and the historic weather vane has been repaired.
The park’s bridge has had its concrete render removed and the puddle beneath it has been drained to reveal a cobblestone path.
The refreshment rooms have been cleared of rot, re-roofed, and two new verandas built. Its clock tower has also been repaired.
The conservatory, the most expensive part of the project, is currently being completely re-glazed.
When complete it will have under-floor heating, a restaurant and an array of large plants.
The current events area is having new drainage put in to reduce problems with waterlogging, and a new lake, to replace the one removed in the 1950s, will be installed.
The Italian fountain is also being restored with a new fountain.
The Lakeside Arbor, originally designed to overlook the lake, has had its concrete render removed.
Anti-graffiti paint has been blasted off the war memorial and the sinking foundations of the Boer War memorial have been replaced.
A mile of brand new fencing will be installed round the park and all damaged footpaths are set to be re-surfaced.
The original play area has been removed, but a temporary one has been built while a larger one with equipment for young and older children is installed.
And around 100 new lime and oak trees are also due to be planted.