Historic Doncaster park set for transformation

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Work to transform one of Doncaster’s best-loved and most historic parks is set to get under way.

Bentley Park and Pavilion are to be given a massive refurbishment over the coming months, bringing the 83-year-old park up to date and restoring some of its original features.

And more than 120 people attended an anniversary ball to celebrate the start of the makeover.

The event was to celebrate a £2.5million grant which will help preserve the facility for future generations.

Work will include a full restoration of the pavilion to provide a top class facility for events as well as a comprehensive overhaul which includes new footpaths and lighting.

The bandstand will be restored along with the lily pond and new play facilities and a community garden will be installed.

Preliminary work will take place over the next couple of weeks with the main works starting in January.

The pavilion restoration is due for completion next May and the rest of the park should be finished by the end of June.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones said: “It was a special occasion.

“The new-look pavilion and park will build on this enthusiasm and become a wonderful asset.”