Chester & Cheshire

Grosvenor Park Reopens in Chester

Great news for all Cestrians out there as work has finally been completed on the famous Grosvenor Park, a truly great landmark of the great city.

The great architects Chester has to offer would no doubt have all lapped up the chance to work on a centuries old place of historical significance. The park was created as a way of giving back to the people of Chester by Richard, 2nd Marquess of Westminster back in 1867. With his donation of 20 acres of land, the park was built and made available to the public.

In the years since, the park had by no means turned to squalor but it was in need of some polish and renovations to keep it up to date. Millions of pounds had been injected into the project by government funding and it has all paid off with the new additions proving a hit with many people already. No less so than the current Duke of Westminster who was on-hand for the grand unveiling on the 28th of July.

“I've been marginally depressed by the standard of upkeep at the park, which is why I’m absolutely delighted to be here this afternoon and to see the bull has been taken by the horns,” he said.
“Parks are a national treasure and they must be protected at all costs. It’s a great joy to see the work that’s been done and the effort that’s been put in.”

Some of the most noteworthy additions from the new update include a fantastic café, public meeting rooms and a new events pavilion. Throughout the summer, it will be playing host to many great open air performance with exhibitions from the Secret Garden troupe. Reception for Macbeth and The Secret Garden have been well-received and there’s set to be many more greats up until the 24th of August.

Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and economy, said: “The Marquess was many years ahead of his time in realising the value that parks would have for urban communities. Over the years his vision has given pleasure to millions of people.

“This programme of restoration will ensure that Grosvenor Park continues to occupy a special place in the life of Chester residents and a wonderful attraction for its visitors.”

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