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New car park now open as Bowring Park restoration continues

by Gemma Melling

The restoration of Bowring Park has hit some key milestones in recent weeks and following the completion of a new link road, from this week, visitors to the park and golf course can now access the brand new 119 space car park.

The complex restoration project is due for completion in 2020 but a number of key elements are already well underway or nearing completion.

What has been happening at Bowring Park?

Work to restore the garden spaces has seen a full reconstruction of the stone staircases and ornamental planters in ‘The Dell’ with seasonal planting due to commence in the coming weeks.

Landscaping works in the walled gardens have readied the walkways and beds for horticultural students from Myerscough College to begin using the space in spring.

Work on the Coach House has reached ‘first fit’ stage with plumbing and electrics installed into the building that will become a much-wanted café, visitor centre and community meeting space, which will offer sweeping views across the golf course.

A labour of love

Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council visited the site, he said: “The on-site team are working hard, both to complete the project and to minimise the disruption to visitors to the park and golf course. With the new car park now open, this should greatly improve access for all.

“The commitment to restoring as many original features of the park and buildings as possible has proven to be a labour of love but one that will result in an authentic and faithful restoration of Knowsley’s oldest park and the gateway to our borough.”

Millions is being invested

The restoration of Bowring Park has been possible thanks to a £1.9m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Earlier this year, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet agreed to invest an additional £450,000 to support the comprehensive, whole-site restoration of Knowsley’s oldest park. Upon completion, the park will feature a new café, community space, meeting facilities, offices and a refurbished golf reception area, in addition to the restoration of the historic gardens and new car park.