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2 - Big celebration for park

Mary Stevens Park is set to see £2.6m of investment following a successful bid to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund.

The cash, which has come from the Parks for People programme, will be used by Dudley Council to make a number of improvements at theStourbridge park including restoration of the listed gates, railings, bandstand and pool.

Improvements will be made to the war memorial, including enhancements to its setting, and conversion work will be undertaken to the former print room to create a café.

The project will facilitate improvements to the tea gardens, where the café will serve light refreshments and snacks.

Working in conjunction with the Friends of Mary Stevens Park and the other organisations who make up the partnership forum for the park, a heritage ranger will also be appointed to deliver a programme of activities and develop a heritage archive for the park.

Councillor Tracy Wood, cabinet member for environment and culture, said:

“We are thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund have given us this grant.

“Dudley Council is committed to maintaining our valuable parks and green spaces and this injection of cash will certainly help us to do just that.

“We are looking forward to working with the Friends of Mary Stevens Park to make this project a success and I’m sure the local community will continue to support it.”

Carole Souter, chief executive of HLF, said on behalf of HLF and the Big Lottery Fund:

“We’re delighted to be able to provide this much needed support for Mary Stevens Park, when it could not be more needed. Many public parks are really suffering in the current economic climate so this is particularly good news for Dudley.

“Parks are important to all of us and add so much to our quality of life. Mary Stevens Park will help to bring the local community together and now, we can help to secure its future.”

A grant of £2.6m has come from the Lottery and the total project cost is £3.1m.

For more information on Mary Stevens Park and the successful bid visit www.dudley.gov.uk

News Release Contact Information

Kate Arnold - communications and public affairs - 01384 815727