Hull’s Pearson Park receives £3m National Lottery award

Hull City Council is delighted to announce the bid to transform Pearson Park has been successful, with a £3m National Lottery grant, under the Parks for People scheme.

The successful bid will mean that the following refurbishment and reinstatement works will now take place:

  • Rebuild of the conservatory
  • Restoration of the historic archway entrance to the park
  • The restoration and repairs to the Grade II listed East Lodge, providing new office, meeting and storage space
  • Reconfiguration of grounds around the East Lodge to provide a community healthy living garden
  • Improvement works to the Bowling Pavilion
  • Improvement works to the ice cream kiosk
  • Reinstatement of Bandstand
  • Reinstatement of the bridge over the lake
  • Improvement works to the landscape

The grant award will also fund a five-year activity plan to provide new educational and training opportunities that will benefit local residents and look to increase community engagement with the park.

Councillor John Fareham, Chairman of the Pearson Park Trust and Project Steering Group said:

“I am absolutely delighted with this announcement and would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund for seeing the huge potential we have at Pearson Park.

“A lot of people have put many hours of hard work into this bid and it’s fantastic to see it pay off for them. The Pearson Park Trust, Pearson family descendants and council officers in particular have offered so much commitment and support throughout this bid – huge thanks must be given to them.

“Pearson Park will be Hull’s first People’s Park and this investment will totally transform the park, restoring many of the key features lost over the years.”

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Tourism said:

“This is great news for the park and the city as yet more investment continues to pour in. Huge thanks must go to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and also the National Lottery players who help to fund projects like this.

“The council remains committed to the investing in cultural regeneration and the restoration of Pearson Park, alongside the countless other projects taking place across the city at the moment that will help to put Hull on the map a world-class destination, bringing investment, jobs and prosperity to the city.”

HLF’s Chief Executive Ros Kerslake, said, on behalf of HLF and Big Lottery Fund:

“It’s difficult to overstate the importance of our public parks. Vital to our well-being and essential to biodiversity, they are highly valued spaces enjoyed daily by people from all walks of life.

“Pearson Park is one of the latest parks to benefit from over £900million of National Lottery funding, which over the last twenty years has played a crucial role in revitalising more than 800 parks across the UK.”

The project had already received a development grant of £156,600 from the HLF and Big Lottery Fund, and work has started to take place in the park to restore the historic MacFarlane drinking fountain bowl.

Plans for the regeneration of the park were approved at the council’s Planning Committee in preparation for the final bid, meaning the procurement for the construction work on the restoration can begin quickly.

For more information about the Pearson Park, Parks for People project, visit www.cityplanhull.co.uk.