History of Pearson Park

Pearson Park was established in the early 1860s when Zachariah Pearson, then Mayor of Hull, gifted an area of land off Beverley Road to the local Board of Health. As the first public park in Hull, Pearson Park is a key part of the city’s heritage and still retains many of its historic features including the original perimeter carriage drive, a serpentine lake and seven Grade II listed structures.

Parks for people funding bid

Whilst the park remains attractive and well used, some of its important historic design features such as the bandstand and the bridge over the lake have been lost over time. Of the historic features that are still in the park, many are now in urgent need of restoration to ensure their long term survival. The council, as the Trust, have therefore applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant under the Parks for People scheme to rejuvenate the park and to protect its important heritage for years to come. The scheme funds projects that aim to conserve and raise awareness of the special heritage of historic parks, whilst also supporting the greater involvement of local communities within park activities.

A second stage bid has been submitted by the Council and an announcement regarding its outcome is expected from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2017.

As part of the bid process, the Council is required to obtain planning permission for the restoration proposals. A total of three planning applications have been submitted. The proposals for the Entrance Archway and the Conservatory were approved on 18 January 2017. The application concerning East Lodge, the landscaping and the reinstatement of the lost bandstand and the bridge over the lake was approved by the Council’s Planning Committee on 1 February 2017. Please click here to access the Council’s planning portal where full details of the approved planning applications can be viewed.

Management of the bid

We have set up a steering group to manage the bid that is comprised of elected members of the Wyke Area committee and council officers. We have also engaged extensively with local stakeholders and residents to develop the bid and to ensure that the plans for improving the park meet the requirements of its users.

Following a competitive procurement process, we selected Southern Green Ltd to work with the steering group to carry out design services required for the development of the second stage of the Heritage Lottery Fund bid. Southern Green Ltd specialises in conservation led park design and if the bid is successful, they will also provide the design services required to deliver the improvements.

The park remains fully open during the current bid development and evaluation phase.

Who is involved?

Potential Heritage Lottery Funding

  • Potential £2.4m investment, subject to successful bid
  • For delivery 2017-18


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Help us with our survey

We are currently running an online survey to collect data on how people use the park and to see what future activities, events and volunteering opportunities people are interested in. Let us know your thoughts by clicking here.


View the restoration proposals

Using data gathered from the recent user survey, which helped us to understand how people share our awareness of the value of the park and its heritage, the Pearson Park Trust developed a masterplan to restore the site’s historic features.

A series of public displays were held in the park and at Beverley Road Baths between Saturday 21 May and Wednesday 25 May to collect users’ views on the restoration proposals.  The proposals are still available to view in a booklet format at both The Avenues Library and the Wilson Centre and can also be downloaded using the links below.

Although the bid has now been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund, we still welcome any feedback you may have on the restoration proposals which can be sent to us via email at:

The Pearson Park Drinking Fountain

Following the granting of Listed Building Consent in July, the owners of the MacFarlane brand, Hosiers Ltd,  removed the drinking fountain bowl in November 2016 to allow for its detailed inspection in their workshops in Glasgow. Once complete, Hosiers Ltd will carry out restoration works on the cast iron structure before re-installing the drinking fountain bowl in the park. This work will be completed during 2017.

The restoration of the drinking fountain bowl is being undertaken ahead of the announcement on the outcome of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People bid for Pearson Park. This is to allow Hosiers Ltd to take castings from the drinking fountain bowl that will allow for the reinstatement of an identical MacFarlane structure in Jamestown on the South Atlantic island of St Helena.

The Pearson Park Trust is keen to support this opportunity to help the national heritage movement and additional restoration work to the drinking fountain canopy is included within the HLF Parks for People bid.

The Council has provided information on-site to keep local residents and stakeholders up to date. Please click here to access the Council’s planning portal where full details of the restoration proposals can be viewed.

Historic images of Pearson Park are from Stuart MacDonald’s personal postcard collection and shared with kind permission.