Popular Staffordshire park with new cafe and bandstand to open after £2.5million boost

A popular Staffordshire park is to reopen next month after undergoing a transformation costing £2.5million.

Victoria Park, in Stafford, will open complete with a new cafe and training centre, alongside a restored bandstand, toilets and extensive landscaping.

Councillor Carolyn Trowbridge, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Stafford Borough Council, said: “It is great news to hear the work is due to be completed in October. I am sure thousands of local people – and those from outside the area – will look forward to enjoying this beautiful park again.

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“Victoria Park is the jewel in the crown for the county town. It is the first thing many visitors will experience when they arrive by train and is a fantastic gateway to our town centre.

“We have restored the historic features and improved existing facilities using feedback we received during consultations with residents, park users and those who play a key role within the park.”

The park, which is more than 100 years old, has been awarded the ‘Green Flag’ as one of the best parks and open spaces in the country since 2007.

The borough council was successful in securing over £1.7 million from the National Lottery to carry out the extensive work.

Work is on track to be completed in October despite previous delays due to Covid-19 and bad weather.

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