Fenland District Council secures over £200,000 in funding for Wisbech Park in its 150th year

Fenland District Council welcomed a grant of over £200,000 towards developing a pavilion in Wisbech Park.

Wisbech Park

Cambridgeshire County Council's Communities and Partnership Committee approved the grant from its Cambridgeshire Communities Capital Fund when it met on Thursday (3 September)

The fund, which aims to create opportunities and improve lives across the county, was launched by Cambridgeshire County Council at the start of April 2020 with the first recipients announced in May.

Wisbech Park is a popular and much loved community park celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, sitting in the heart of Wisbech. With a traditional bandstand, large children's play area, multi-use games are, tennis courts and a community orchard, the space is a community hub hosting regular events for residents.

Despite the park's popularity, the space lacks indoor space for the community to socialise, be creative, access community groups or enjoy the surroundings.

The grant from the Cambridgeshire County Council's Communities Capital Fund will enable the project to develop a Pavilion that will provide indoor space for the community to utilise recreationally, as well as a space for community groups gather.

This new pavilion will be a space that fits into the conservation area that the park sits within, offering flexible indoor space that will, amongst many potential activities; host a pop up coffee shop, support the Park Friends and local Nature groups, allow creative sessions with local community artists, support local sports clubs using the park and encourage more people to visit the park.

Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment said "Wisbech Park is a wonderful asset to the town and this grant from the County Council will increase the number of people using the park once the pavilion is developed."

"Local people will be able to access a flexible space offering many different opportunities to meet other people from the Wisbech community and enjoy their local park."

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