New year boost for Peel Park
Salford City Council has announced the city’s oldest park has been awarded a funding boost.
Salford City Council has successfully bid for £54,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund as the next stage of its £2.1 million redevelopment of Peel Park.
The funding, which comes hot on the heels of improvements to the park entrance, will be used for to research the history of the park so that can be reflected in new designs and to develop a programme of community events.
Peel Park is just 10 minutes’ walk from Riverside House, the hotel-class student accommodation built and managed by Portergate Property Management. The 242 2n-suite rooms with fantastic kitchen and living areas is the newest accommodation for students at the University of Salford, and elsewhere, to open in the past six months.
Councillor Gena Merrett, assistant mayor for housing and environment, is quoted on the Salford Council website: “This is fantastic news for a grand old lady of a park who needs some TLC after all these years.
“Peel Park was opened in 1846 and is one of the oldest in the country and forms part of the largest green space in central Salford. We are working with the Friends of Peel Park and the University of Salford to restore this lovely haven at the heart of our bustling city.”
Work has just finished on refurbishing the entrance of the park off the crescent. This included resurfacing the path, installing new fencing and lighting and removing self-seeded trees removed to open up views across the crescent meadow.