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Heritage Lottery Fund Bid submitted for Penrith’s Castle Park

Penrith Castle ParkA bid for £1.93million of funding has been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore and improve amenities at Penrith's Castle Park.

The bid has been developed by the Castle Park Development Group with support from Eden District Council’s Leisure Services Team.

The total cost of the potential project would be £2.46 million. Matched funding toward the project would be provided by Eden District Council, Penrith Town Council, Penrith Lions and Penrith Pride of Penrith Lottery if the HLF bid is successful.

Ron Kenyon, Chairman of the Castle Park Development Group, said: “This is the first stage of the application process to HLF. We are aware that this process is very competitive and that the Castle Park Bid will be up against many other applications. A great deal of time and effort has gone into preparing this application by the local community and with support from Eden District Council.

"I feel we have put together an application which demonstrates the public’s desire to see improvements at Castle Park and which reflects its history and heritage. I sincerely hope that the application is successful to enable us all to move on to make the improvements happen. HLF will announce if application has been successful in July 2017."

Work on the HLF started after Castle Park’s bowling Bower burnt down in 2012. This fire was a catalyst for a great deal of community interest in the park and ways to improve it. The Castle Park Development Group was formed and it was felt that an overall plan should be created with which to make grant applications.

It was evident that the main chance of funding was the HLF and that an application should be submitted, along with looking at other funding sources not covered by the HLF.

Interesting aspects of heritage that feature in Castle Park include:

  • The Castle has a long history with links with to Richard lll
  • The Castle Park has memorial links with the Boar War, WW1 and WW2
  • The bandstand was originally created as a solarium with special glass – which was sponsored in the 1920’s by the chemists Edmondson.
  • The obstacle golf course reflects local 1950’s interest including obstacles depicting the Blue streak rocket and the Queen Elizabeth liner.

After much consultation with the public and organisations this plan has been put together. This covers many areas of the Castle Park including as follows:

  • Enlargement of the playground area
  • Updating and enlargement of the obstacle golf
  • Refurbishment of the Memorial Gate and Black Angel War Memorial
  • A Car Park
  • A level bridge across to Penrith Castle which improve accessibility for people with disabilities and pushchairs
  • Improve facilities for events in Castle Park
  • Reinstatement of a water feature next to the cafe
  • Improved signage and interpretation
  • Footpath access improvements

For more information about the Castle Park Development Group contact the Leisure Services Team at Eden District Council call 01768 817817 or email: leisure@eden.gov.uk