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.
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.
Parks for People Grant Award
The Parks for People National Lottery grant 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. The council, as the Trust, was successful in securing a £3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund on 17 July 2017 that will be used to rejuvenate the park and protect its important heritage for years to come.
As planning permission has been obtained, work is now underway to procure contractors to carry out the restoration works. The works will be managed under two separate contracts, with the first of these focusing exclusively on the Entrance Archway due to its specialist cast iron construction. On 1 October 2018, Lost Art Ltd was appointed as the contractor to restore the Entrance Archway and the team is anticipated to start on site in Autumn 2018.
The second contract will cover the rest of the restoration work to be undertaken within Pearson Park, with the tendering process to be launched in Autumn 2018.
Management of the restoration works
We have set up a steering group to manage the delivery of the restoration works that is comprised of elected members of the Wyke Area committee and council officers. Building on the successful engagement work undertaken during the development of the proposals, we will continue to engage local stakeholders and residents throughout the delivery phase of the project.
The project will be managed so as to minimise disruption to park users and advance notice will be provided where facilities need to be temporarily closed to allow restoration work to take place.
Who is involved?
Heritage Lottery Funding
- £3m grant secured
- For delivery 2017-18
The restoration works commenced in early 201860%
Historic images of Pearson Park are from Stuart MacDonald’s personal postcard collection and shared with kind permission.