Burnley Town Council celebrated earlier this month upon learning of a cash boost for one of its assets. Thompson Park in Burnley is a historic Grade-II green space. Its recent lottery grant is worth some £862,000, part of a £1.2m overhaul of the town centre park. The pavilion cafe will see the bulk of the renovations. The existing building will convert to part community rooms and part Park Ranger area. Upgraded toilets, including disabled toilets, and outreach programmes for local schools and community groups will also feature. The council wants the park to once again become a community hub.
Thompson Park in Burnley: Essential Renovations and More!
Furthermore, the boathouse will now become a cafe including new seating area overlooking the lake. The historic paddling pool which has needed work for some time will have new pipes installed, a new surface and paintwork. Both draining and filling will become more effective. Thompson Park in Burnley will become not just a place for local people, but a regional attraction promoting tourism to the Lancashire area. Some of the money will go towards a new children’s play area, including a sand pit and a water pit.
It opened in 1930 after two years of planning and consultation in an age where urban green spaces were common. Improvements are also scheduled for several bridges and walkways across and through the gardens. paths, noticeboards, signage will also see major upgrades. The park receives thousands of local visitors every year attracted by green open spaces, vegetation, the lake and the facilities. With this lottery money, Thompson Park in Burnley expects to continue to delight Burnley residents, improving their quality of life and general environment. The council expects work to begin in Autumn of this year and finish in early 2018.