FIRMS have been invited to back ambitious plans to revamp Huddersfield's Greenhead Park.
They have been offered the chance to sponsor part of the park's multi-million pound makeover.
And it could mean a theme bar or cafe moving into the park's imposing Victorian conservatory.
Kirklees Council is inviting local entre- preneurs to put forward ideas and get involved in a unique commercial opportunity to support the regeneration and restoration project.
The park is set to get a massive facelift thanks to a Stage 1 award of £3,753,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The award, which has been made to Kirklees Council together with further development cash of £228,500 from the HLF, will help finance a restoration project that will ensure the return of the park to its original glory.
Having gained initial support from the HLF, the council is putting together a detailed programme of proposals to secure the full amount.
A submission will be made in the autumn of 2006.
The grant will fund the full restoration of the Grade II park, including reinstating the ornamental lake, restoring the unique Japanese-style wooden bandstand and the Italian Garden Fountain.
The War Memorial, set into a large 19th century Belvedere structure, will also be restored.
The boundary railings and gates to the park will be replaced and, together with improved paths and lighting, will improve the safety of the park, making visitors feel more comfortable.
A key element of the overall programme will centre on the development of the Grade II Victorian conservatory as the commercial focus for the project.
Clr John Smithson, the Council's deputy leader and Cabinet member for Regeneration said: "The conservatory is a very important building and a central element of the restoration project.
"We want to develop something in and around the building which is unique and acts as a magnet to attract people to the newly restored park.
"We are inviting interested parties to help us to breathe new life into the conservatory and would like to hear ideas for the development of what we see as having the potential to be an innovative and vibrant commercial venture opportunity.
"We envisage a development which recognises the heritage and landscape of the park, but also brings new life into the building.
"The building offers the potential to play host to a themed restaurant or café bar type development, forming the core of a major commercial hub in the park."
He added: "There is also scope for the building to act as a visitor centre for the park, with information and shop opportunities themed around the surroundings of Greenhead Park.
"At this stage we are seeking expressions of interest in the scheme, asking for submissions to suggest what potential applicants believe could be developed within the conservatory."
* People who are interested should send brief details of their proposals, in writing, to Robert Whittaker, Kirklees Metropolitan Council, Culture and Leisure Services, Stadium Business and Leisure Complex, Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG. Closing date for entries is November 30.