It has now been nearly 10 years since Birkenhead Park unveiled the full extent of a dramatic transformation and rejuvenation – made possible thanks to a successful £11.5m bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Visitors have been streaming back to the park ever since that programme of works was completed and Birkenhead Park is rightly being lauded again as one of the world’s best – not just the world’s oldest - publicly-funded park.
A new visitor centre, café and exhibition space, and renovations to original features such as the Swiss Bridge and Boathouse, were just part of the original scheme of improvements which concluded in 2007.
Now, Birkenhead Park is looking ahead again and has put together a plan to further enhance and secure the park for the next 10 years and beyond.
Consultation is now underway on a set of ideas and potential projects that will form the basis of a further Heritage Lottery Fund bid. These ideas range from an Education Centre, to enhanced security, to a proposal to build a memorial for legendary local explorers Mallory and Irvine – and maybe even a bandstand.
However, at this stage park staff and the Friends of Birkenhead Park, are looking for people’s views on which of the ideas will best meet the needs our local communities and visitors from further afield.
Visit the Wirral Council web pages to view the ‘masterplan’ which has details of all the ideas on the table. There, residents will also find a link to complete the online questionnaire. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 5th March 2017.