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Major park improvements in Dudley nearing completion
2:05pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A MULTI-million pound project to rejuvenate Dudley's most historic park paid for by lottery cash is nearing completion.
Priory Park scooped £2.6million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery fund (BIG) under their Parks for People Programme.
Improvements including the revedelopment of the pavilion which will provide public toilet facilities are due to be finished later this month.
Councillor Tracy Wood, Dudley cabinet member for environment and culture, said: “It is fantastic to see all the aspects of this project coming together to give this beautiful and historical park the improvements it deserves.
“I’m sure our residents and park visitors will be delighted to see how much Priory Park has been reinvigorated over the last three years and with the fantastic activity programme there are lots of new ways to enjoy this green space.”
The project has also seen the installation of new lighting at the Priory ruins and a range of other works such as the planting of tree avenues, repairs to paths, new signage, new artwork and sculptures and improvements to drainage.
The upgraded pavillion will also act as a base for educational activities and community facilities.
The cash has also paid for two park rangers, who will continue to deliver a range of activities and educational sessions at the park.
Dudley Council and the Friends of Priory Park and Green will be hosting a VIP tour of the park improvements at a launch event on Friday September 20.
Reyahn King, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the West Midlands, said: “Parks are a vital green lung in our towns and cities. We’re delighted that Priory Park is nearing completion and that thanks to lottery investment the people of Dudley will be able to fully enjoy this special green space once again.”
For more information visit www.dudley.gov.uk/priorypark
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