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Long term agreement secures the future of Bowring Park

by Cathy Sheel

A proposal to secure the future of historic Bowring Park in Roby has been agreed by Knowsley Council’s Cabinet.

Members agreed the transfer of a 123-year lease to Oneday Ltd – who currently manage Bowring Park and Golf Course – following the successful completion of a two-year delivery plan which has seen the company deliver a range of improvements at the site – enhancing its community offer and developing the municipal golf course.

Since 2017, Knowsley Council has undertaken a £3.686 million restoration project to revitalise Bowring Park. This included the refurbishment of the historic Stable Block and Coach House, transforming them into a hub for community events and activities.

Oneday was appointed as the Managing Agent for Bowring Park in October 2021, with the company pledging to undertake a programme of improvements including:

  • Completion of the Bowring Restoration Project: Oneday successfully completed the restoration project, creating a new event space and revitalising the stables building.
  • Opening a community cafe: The Coach House, attracts over 100,000 visitors with food, drinks, and activities. New play areas were also developed in partnership with the Council.
  • Developing the Golf Course: Golf membership has doubled since April 2022, with new initiatives for young people and partnerships with local charities.
  • Increased Visitor numbers: Annual visitor numbers have increased by 245% to over 227,000, showcasing the park’s growing appeal.
  • Job Creation: Oneday has created 63 new jobs and created additional income streams for the park through new ventures like foot golf and event space rentals.

Looking Ahead: A Sustainable Future

Oneday will submit a planning application for their ‘GROW’ masterplan, which outlines the long-term vision for the park and includes the creation of a Sustainability Campus for the Liverpool City Region, as well as achieving Green Flag status for Bowring Park

Subject to approval, the plan will guide the park’s development and nurture projects with individuals, organisations and businesses, while maintaining its charitable status and commitment to public use.