Work is set to start on a new visitor centre at a city beauty spot.
The new building in Park Hall Country Park signals a £370,000 project by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to improve the experience and facilities for visitors.
The centre, being built near to the park’s Hulme Road entrance, will have space for the community to use, a base for the parks team and toilets. CCTV cameras will also be installed to improve security around the building. It is expected to open to the public in spring 2019.
Cllr Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “Returning a visitor centre to Park Hall has been a priority for this administration and I’m delighted work is about to start. It’s a great moment for the park.
“The previous visitor centre was always popular and well-used for a range of leisure and educational activities, and we know how much it has been missed by visitors in recent years. It’s not been a straight forward process to get to this point but we always wanted to have this kind of facility here again.
“We have put the community first - the building will have a room that community groups will be able to use and I think that’s really important. Once it’s built, it’s going to make a big difference to the park and really enhance the overall experience of the destination for visitors. We’re very fortunate to have so many great parks and green spaces in our city.”
The development has been welcomed by members of the community. The plans were put out to public consultation last year, receiving a positive response.
Martin Kessel, secretary of Parkhall Community Association, said: “It is really great news that the visitor centre is about to be rebuilt. ‘When will it happen’ was one of the regular questions that would be asked at our meetings because the residents of the estate used the centre frequently. It will be great to see this part of our community back up and running again soon.”
The country park covers 360 acres and is the city’s only national nature reserve. Its major sandstone ridge is 250 million years old and is a site of special scientific interest for its geology. The ridge includes what is believed to be the highest point in Stoke-on-Trent – at 813 feet.
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