City of Lincoln Council to bid for millions in Lottery cash to improve historic park
Finishing touches are being put to a £2.7 million funding bid to carry out major restoration of a Lincoln park.
The City of Lincoln Council's executive committee will consider a revised conservation plan for the historic Boultham Park on Monday.
If approved, the plan will be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund by the end of the month as part of the council's joint funding bid with Linkage Community Trust.
The money will be spent on restoring some of the park's key features, including the fountain, sundial and band stand, plus building new cafes and toilets.
An industrial greenhouse would also be built and used to deliver NVQ qualifications in horticulture.
The outcome of the bid should be known by late June or early July.
And if successful, work will begin in spring 2014, taking around two years to complete.
The city council's community services manager, Caroline Pritchard, said: "The park is of huge importance to the city. The Ellison family, who owned the Boultham estate from the 1830s, were a significant family who made their mark on Lincoln and owned a huge acreage of land.
"It is a wonderful open space for people in nearby houses to be able to walk to and we want to make it more accessible with better signage, lighting, toilets and a cafe."
As well as restoring heritage features and adding new facilities, the council wants to develop the site adjacent to the park by adding another cafe, a greenhouse and an education block in the restored stables.
Ms Pritchard added: "The park is still valued and well used by local people, but it has become run down and suffered from a lack of investment and we are at risk of losing its remaining heritage features."
A long term vision for the park outside of the funding bid includes improvement and increase usage of its sports facilities, including the tennis courts and bowling green.