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A Bandstand Beginning For Mesnes Park
Thursday 15th October, 2009

A Bandstand Beginning For Mesnes Park
Mesnes Park pavilion

WIGAN folk are being urged to take a tour of Mesnes Park!

The borough’s “green heart” has been a welcome recreational retreat for more than 100 years and in June this Victorian gem was given the green light by planners for a major facelift.

Now Mesnes Park’s multi-million pound restoration will go into overdrive as major construction work starts.

To mark the beginning of this new chapter in the life of the Victorian Park a special celebration day is being held on Saturday 24 October.

Mesnes Park Open Day is a chance to find out more about the restoration work and have fun at the same time!

Visitors will be able to learn fascinating facts and funny stories about Mesnes Park from park rangers and the Friends of Mesnes Park as part of a history walk.

There will also be face painting and children’s entertainment as well as music from “Just Jazz”.

Planning permission for Mesnes Park’s £3.4m makeover was approved at the end of June and preparatory work has been continuing on site throughout the summer.

But November sees that start of major building work that will continue throughout next year with restoration and renovation of the Pavilion, Bandstand, Dalton Steps, Playshack and play area.

Chairperson for the Friends of Mesnes Park, Sue Turner said: “We’re extremely pleased that Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust has organised this day which gives the public a chance to see what will be happening over the next few years.
“We’re poised for some really great times and innovation in the park.”

Brian Baldwin, Wigan’s cabinet member for culture, said: “These are exciting times for Mesnes Park. This restoration will ensure that the park is preserved and enhanced so that future generations can enjoy it as much as we do.”

Mesnes Park will remain open throughout the building work.

To support the day, Frederick’s Café are offering half price vanilla ice creams.

Mesnes Park Open Day will be held on Sunday 24 October from 12pm until 3pm.

Phase one of Mesnes Park’s restoration was made possible following a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and match funding by Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust.

A second multi-million pound bid for phase two of the park’s restoration will be submitted in December.

To find out more information on Mesnes Park’s restoration visit www.wlct.org/mesnespark

Timetable of work in phase one of the Mesnes Park restoration project:
Site services: November – April 2010,
Play Area: December 2009 – March 2010,
Play Shack: January 2010 - April 2010,
Shelter: April 2010 – August 2010,
Dalton Steps: April 2010 – August 2010,
Bandstand: April 2010 – September 2010,
Pavilion: April 2010 – March 2011
Footpaths around Heritage core: April 2010 – March 2011

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