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Tennis ace Dorothy is the star of Dudley park upgrade
1:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Local
A NEW landmark in Dudley has been unveiled to mark the completion of a multi-million pound park upgrade.
The lottery-funded Parks for People programme served up £2.6m for work in Priory Park including the installation of a statue to honour Dudley tennis star Dorothy Round.
The statue was unveiled by the Wimbledon winner's daughter Tricia Swindell at a ceremony on September 20.
Other improvements at the park include the redevelopment of the pavilion, which has been extended and will now provide public toilets as well as acting as a base for educational activities and community facilities.
The project has also seen the installation of new lighting at the Priory ruins, the planting of tree avenues, repairs to path surfaces to allow better access, new signage, new artwork and sculptures and improvements to drainage.
Reyahn King, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the West Midlands, said: “We’re delighted that Priory Park is looking so beautiful thanks to lottery investment.
"Parks are a vital green lung in our towns and cities and we look forward to the people of Dudley being able to enjoy the improvements that have been made to this historic park for many years to come.”
For more information visit www.dudley.gov.uk/priorypark
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