Published: 10:05, 20 September 2011
Mote Park in the snow
Kent construction company Gallagher is starting work this week on a £2.5 million facelift for Maidstone's Mote Park.
The Aylesford-based firm has been appointed as the main contractor for the work, which is scheduled for completion by next summer.
The project is being financed by a £1.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) under its Parks for People Scheme.
Maidstone Borough Council is also investing £700,000 in the project.
It is the biggest investment in the park since the council bought it from Lord Bearsted in 1929 for £50,000.
Cllr John A Wilson, the council's cabinet member for leisure and community services, said: "After lengthy Lottery bids and getting the plans just right I am so pleased to see work on the park's restoration begin.
"The park will see such a transformation and the final results will be for everyone to reap - not just people from Maidstone, but visitors from all over the south east."
Residents are being invited to a public meeting to discuss the park's transformation at 7pm on Thursday, October 20 at Maidstone Leisure Centre.
Representatives of Gallagher will also be there to answer questions.
Further details can also be found on the Mote Park Improvement Project website