£1.8 million revamp of park is now getting under way

A £1.8m restoration project is under way at Stevens Park, following a successful lottery funding application from Dudley Council and partners.

Robert Tilley, Chris Jordan chair of trustees, Joy Round  trustee, Ruth Krivosic CEO, Adrian Leonard manager of Twigs Project
Robert Tilley, Chris Jordan chair of trustees, Joy Round trustee, Ruth Krivosic CEO, Adrian Leonard manager of Twigs Project

The National Heritage Lottery Funding granted £1.4m last year to Dudley Council and the Friends of Stevens Park.

Cash will be used to fund the restoration and extension of Tintern House and to enable wider park improvements.

The disused building, which was formerly known as the White House, will have a community café, new toilets and meeting rooms added as part of the first phase of works by selected contractors Speller Metcalfe.

An artist's impression of the park

The Emily Jordan Foundation, a charity working to support people with learning disabilities, will operate from the building.

It will be developing horticultural training opportunities, a bike recycling workshop as well as other opportunities to support people with learning disabilities to move closer towards work.

Park improvements including heritage interpretation, new access to the Memorial garden, new footpaths and planting will follow.

An artist's impression of the park

It is expected that a community development officer will be appointed in the future to deliver a range of activities and events.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for public realm, said: “Dudley Council is committed to preserving and maintaining our parks and green spaces and the pandemic has highlighted just how vital they are to our collective wellbeing.

“The new use of the former White House building will have huge benefits to people with learning disabilities.”

Chris Jordan, chair of the trustees of The Emily Jordan Foundation, said: “We are all looking forward to opening our service provision at Stevens Park.”

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