FORTHILL Park in Enniskillen is in for a half-a-million pound make-over that will hopefully encourage use and improve accessibility to this oft-forgotten haven right in the middle of the town.
First proposed back in 2015, the Council have since secured a grant from the Landfill Community Fund, and are now applying for further financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s “Parks for People” project.
The planned works, which are expected to cost just under £600,000, will include repair and remedial work to Cole’s Monument, refurbishment of the bandstand, path and stone improvements including repair and upgrading, upgrading the play park, tree replanting, and landscaping works to restore the park to the original Victorian pleasure garden scheme.
As well as the repair, upgrading and remedial work, the plan also includes the creation of an entrance feature at the park entrance to raise awareness and make it more visible from the town centre, as well as the installation of interactive interpretation to educate visitors of the park’s historical importance.
The plan also features a number of activity programmes such as school programmes developed in conjunction with the County Museum, a biodiversity training programme, a tree trail, exercise programmes, living history events, and a volunteer programme to manage the park.
In a document submitted to its Regeneration and Community Committee, a Council spokesman said: “Post completion the Forthill Park will have become a central focus once more, providing the accomplished programme of activities, deterring the current antisocial behaviour and raising awareness of the potential of the park, people will once more be in a position to embrace their town centre green space.”
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