Green Gates Park

Funding keeps rolling in for Frodsham’s Green Gates Park

JUBILANT organisers of Frodsham’s Green Gates Community Project are celebrating following a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.
The grant comes hard on the heels of a grant of almost £40,000 from the Marshes Community Benefit Fund and an agreement in principle for £5,000 from the Protos Community Benefit Fund.
Ship Street Play Area, locally known as Green Gates Park or “The Backki” has been the focus of a three-year campaign by the Green Gates Community Project, who worked to save the land from housing development.
The Project has created a stepped plan, culminating with the park becoming a multi-generational recreationarea, attractive to families with children under 11, and local older residents.
In Autumn last year, landowner Frodsham Town Council, agreed to to reinstate the land as a park and commit to maintaining the land alongside the other parks and green spaces in the town.
The Town Council has also committed £150,000 which will pay for activities such as the restoration of the land and its boundary, and the project management of the initiative.
Green Gates Community Project chair Diane McNamara said,
“We are absolutely delighted with the funding that has been committed to this project. We are very grateful to Frodsham Town Council for all the time and financial investment they have committed, and to the Marshes Community Benefit Fund and Protos Community Benefit Fund for seeing the potential for this land.
“Now thanks to National Lottery players we have funding towards paths, seating areas and a wildflower meadow to really enhance the area. With their help, and the continued support of the local Frodsham community, we are a step closer to realising our vision for a park that will really contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of residents.”
Further measures are also being taken to secure the land’s future. Following a request from Green Gates Community Project, Frodsham Town Council is applying to protect the covenanted park through Fields In Trust to ensure the land is protected for generations to come.
To find out more about Green Gates Park and Green Gates Community Project, visit
www.yourgreengates.com
Picture: Memers of the Greengates Community Project committee, pictured some time ago.

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