PLANS to restore one of the borough’s most historic parks to its former glory have received a £2.5 million funding boost.
Work to rejuvenate Bentley Park is set to start next autumn after the Heritage Lottery Fund confirmed it would give the cash to Doncaster Council.
A number of improvements are to be made to the park and the pavilion.
Coun Charlie Hogarth, ward member for Bentley, said the improvements and the creation of the multi-million pound Myspace youth centre nearby would enhance the lives of residents.
He said: “It is a great honour for Bentley and Doncaster that the Heritage Lottery Fund has recognised the benefits these improvements to Bentley Park and pavilion will bring to the residents of Bentley and the surrounding area.
“The pavilion was gifted by Bentley miners and it is fitting that many of them will benefit from the project while the younger generation will enjoy the new myplace facility.”
Bentley Park opened in 1923 and the pavilion was opened eight years later.
The works will see improvements made to the park’s entrance, railings and gates renovated, paths upgraded and lighting improved. New gardens, including the creation of a water fountain and a new bandstand will also be built.
The pavilion will benefit from a complete overhaul which aims to provide better access, new catering facilities, a veranda and an area for outdoor events.
The work should be complete by the end of 2013.
Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Bentley Park is an important green space in the heart of Bentley and has played a key role in the lives of residents for over 80 years.
“The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to be supporting this project that will transform Bentley Park into a place that even more people can use and enjoy.”
The Friends of Bentley Park group meets on a monthly basis to share photographs and stories. Contact Sarah Whittaker on 01302 736918 for more information.