Pearson Park in Hull.
Pearson Park in Hull.

Pearson Park restoration hits significant milestone

The restoration of Pearson Park has reached another milestone with a contractor being appointed to deliver the remainder of the £3.8m project.

Work has already begun on the restoration of the park’s historic archway, which was removed in December and is due to return later this summer.

The second phase of the restoration of the park will be delivered by contractor William Birch and Sons Ltd.

Councillor John Fareham, Chairman of the Pearson Park Trust and Project Steering Group, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into, firstly, obtaining the funding and now delivering the project that will transform one of Hull’s most historic and beautiful parks to its former glory.

“Pearson Park is Hull’s first People’s Park and this investment will totally revitalise it, restoring many of the key features lost over the years, ensuring that people can enjoy the park, at its full potential, for many years to come. I, like I’m sure many residents, am excited to see how this incredible park will be transformed over the next 12 months.”

The project has been supported by a £3m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The works are to start in the summer and will take about a year. The park will remain accessible with disruption kept to a minimum.

The works include:

  • Replacement of the conservatory to match the original
  • Restoration of the Grade II Listed East Lodge to add office space and community garden
  • Reinstatement of the lost bandstand and bridge
  • Tree-planting
  • Restoration of the Pearson Memorial and Prince Albert and Queen Victoria statue

Gill Osgerby, capital development manager at Hull City Council, said: “The Pearson Park restoration project is fantastic for both the park and the area.

The park has a long history with Hull after being gifted to the city by Zachariah Pearson in the 19th century and is one of the city’s most recognisable and best-loved green spaces.”

Updates will be posted on the project’s Twitter page.

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