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
The outcome of the bid is expected from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 201760%
Historic images of Pearson Park are from Stuart MacDonald’s personal postcard collection and shared with kind permission.