Strong response to park revamp plea

The Friends of Fleetwood Memorial Park, Elizabeth Stevens (left) and Michelle Hargreaves, are among those supporting moves to improve the park.
The Friends of Fleetwood Memorial Park, Elizabeth Stevens (left) and Michelle Hargreaves, are among those supporting moves to improve the park.

THERE has been an encouraging response after the public was called on to help with the planned £2.4m facelift of the town’s Memorial Park.

Wyre Council has already received a £102,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a plan for the park, and the authority is now driving the project forward with the goal of submitting a bid for all the Lottery cash in the new year to pay for a makeover of the whole area.

Wyre now needs the public’s ideas and memories of the park from days gone by to provide a strong historic background to support the bid.

Last week an open day was held at the North Euston Hotel, where Fleetwood folk were encouraged to bring pictures or any other items relating to the Grade II listed park. A Wyre Council spokeswoman said: “We received some lovely stories and memories at the event, including a couple who met on the tennis courts in the park more than 50 years ago.

“We heard details of how the tennis pavilion was used as a junior library after the Second World War, and we were also given the names of some of the original tree planters. There were even diary extracts from a Fleetwood soldier who was a prisoner of war during the First World War.”

Wyre Council is delighted with the response, as it shows just what the council needed to support its bid; clear evidence that the Memorial Park is treasured by Fleetwood folk, who have personal connections with it.

Fleetwood Library on North Albert St is hosting an exhibition on the restoration project throughout next week.

The exhibition will run from November 19 to 24 and will feature information uncovered during research for the Lottery bid, about how the park has changed over the years plus some details about the restoration proposals.

Residents are invited to view the information and share thoughts and comments about the project.