Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lottery Boost for St James' Park!

St James' Park in Shirley is set for a £1.5m makeover after the announcement this week that the park has been successful in winning lottery funding.

The plans for the park include refurbishing the former air raid shelter to provide a café, community rooms, a ranger base and toilets.

The scheme will improve play equipment and provide features for all ages while popular tennis courts will be refurbished and there will be improved access to the park.

£1.1m from the lottery will be added to the £400,000 being invested by the city council.

St James' Park was picked by the lottery to receive the funding largely because of the huge amount of community backing for the scheme. The Friends of St James' Park have over 500 members and local people have drawn up the plans and will also be involved in the redevelopment of the park. Improvement works will be completed by 2011 in time for the 100th anniversary of the opening of the park.

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