A multi-million pound scheme to transform one of Trafford’s most famous and popular public parks has been given the green light.
Trafford Council has been told that its delivery phase bid for more than £3m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards the £6m restoration and development of Stretford’s Longford Park has been agreed.
The park is in a designated conservation area, which was owned by John and Enriqueta Rylands who lived at Longford Hall and who also built Stretford Public Hall.
The plans include a development of a new learning, training and volunteering hub and improved sport and recreational facilities incorporating a new BMX course and revamped sports courts and play areas.
Proposals also include the redesign of features such as the former Longford Hall site and gardens, a revamped Pets’ Corner, the de-culverting of Longford Brook, plus new footpaths, seating, lighting and multi-media interpretation.
Labour Ward councillors, Sarah Haughey, Dave Jarman and Judith Lloyd, said it was fantastic news especially for residents and visitors.
They added: “Tt is great that work can now begin to transform the park and make it an even more incredible space for future generations to enjoy.
“A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in this ground-breaking project, the park is going to look incredible.”
The successful bid now means there is funding available for two new members of staff to be employed via partner organisation City of Trees, who will be responsible for delivering a programme of events, activities and community engagement to broaden the park’s appeal and impact in line with the approved activity plan.
The proposals have been developed in conjunction with consultants The Environment Partnership (TEP), The Friends of Longford Park, City of Trees and the One Trafford Partnership, made possible by development grant funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund in addition to council funding.
Public consultation events, workshops and online surveys have taken place over the past couple of years asking residents, visitors and local organisations if and how they used Longford Park, with over 300 responses received and used to refine the plans.
Work is expected to start on site in autumn 2024.