Trafford Council is to host a public consultation event over changes and improvements to Stretford’s Longford Park.
The Council is working with City of Trees, The Friends of Longford Park and consultants AECOM to develop a vision and masterplan to guide the park’s continued improvement and secure its success in the long term.
Longford Park is Trafford’s largest and most famous municipal park due to its association with former owner and resident John Rylands, the celebrated industrialist and benefactor to Stretford, as well as his third wife Enriqueta Rylands, who built the world-famous John Rylands Library on Deansgate in his memory.
A drop-in session is to be held in the park at The Longfords Suite (part of the Trafford Athletics Stadium complex) from 4-7pm on Tuesday 5th March. The event will be an opportunity for park users of all ages to comment on an initial draft masterplan for the park and give their views on how the park can be improved to meet modern needs whilst bringing to life its fascinating history and heritage for a wider audience.
The aim is to develop a masterplan that is the product of consultation with local people and stakeholders and one which can form the basis of a funding bid to the National Lottery Fund for Heritage later this year.
Councillor Steve Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change, stated:
Longford Park is a major asset for Stretford and Trafford in terms of its open space and environmental role, but also in terms of local history, culture, health and wellbeing, place shaping, play, sport and leisure. It is therefore important that as many people as possible get involved with this project so that we can develop a really strong plan and bid.”.
Posted on Wednesday 27th February 2019