Beaumont Park has been given a £90,000-plus boost to replace a vital part of its history.
The park has been granted £93,100 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable it to rebuild one of its impressive original features, the pavilion, which was demolished in 1998.
The pavilion, built in 1883, was near to where the children’s playground at the top of the park now stands. This area was restored in 2011.
The need for the rebuild was previously described in the Examiner as the ‘final piece in the puzzle’ for the park by Friends of Beaumont Park (FOBP) committee member David Rudd whose group launched a massive fundraising campaign last year to realise their dream.
The original building was pulled down due to a lack of available money from Kirklees Council and was the reason that FOBP formed.
The new structure will provide much-needed toilet facilities to those already in the 21 acre park, along with a new food kiosk.
FOBP chairman Peter Turner said: “We are delighted to have received the grant from HLF.
“They have very kindly funded three of our other projects but it’s always been our goal to get the pavilion replaced.”
The entire project is costing just less than £145,000 and much of the remaining money has been funded through legacies, donations and crowd funding.
Local school children will be involved in the project, learning about the history of the pavilion and park heritage through art and photographs. They will also be involved in the design of the heritage information boards which will be sited in the pavilion.
Peter is now looking for volunteers to help in the restoration project.
He said: “We’re looking for all sorts of people to come and help us from people who have got a trade such as electricians, bricklayers and plumbers to anyone who can do a bit of leg work.
“Site preparation is already ongoing thanks to a volunteering team and the project is being overseen by one of our committee members and civil engineer Colin Partington and our architect.”
It is the latest project for the group. Their fundraising has renovated the bandstand and provided a cascade water section and a visitor centre.
The land for the park was originally donated in 1879 by Henry Frederick Beaumont as at the time the town did not have a public park despite having a population 35,000.
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