At last some good news on development in the city!
07/04/10 12:40 Filed in: Granite Chips
Just when it seemed like Aberdeen was destined to miss out on any significant development due to lack of public funds, comes one welcome bit of news about a project that has secured Heritage Lottery Fund money, along with local authority funding and a bequest.
Aberdeen’s Duthie Park is to be renovated and restored to its Victorian glory, with a total funding package of £5.4 million.The Duthie Park - to be restored to its Victorian glory
The 44 acre park was originally opened in 1883 after the land was bequeathed to the city by Elizabeth Duthie, daughter of a wealthy shipowner and merchant.
In recent years however it has lacked its original Victorian charm, but nevertheless attract half a million visitors each year.
With £2.56 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £2.67 million from Aberdeen City Council and a bequest from Lorna Russell of £834,000, the Duthie Park will be restored to its former glory.
The scheme will include work throughout the park. But notable elements will include:
- The reinstatement of a Victorian promenade, which has recently been lost.
- The restoration of the fountain centrepiece for the park.
- And the restoration of the three linked ponds, to recreate the attractive boating pond.
It must be hoped that this project will be the start of a more successful era for the City of Aberdeen, in terms of achieving capital support from national funds.