Happy Mount Park is living up to its name thanks to a 10-year plan for its future.
Volunteers are delighted that niggles between them and Lancaster City Council are now in the past and everyone is working together on a park masterplan.
The masterplan includes a £100,000, five-year upgrade of park paths, new changing facilities at the splash park and a new bandstand. Two years ago, relations between the park volunteers and the city council, which owns the park, were at rock bottom.
Projects were put on hold after the volunteers, a group of people who give up their time to maintain the park, claimed their ideas were being “blocked”. Matters came to a head with an embarrassing incident where the volunteers claimed management had banned them from entering the park. Clear-the-air talks were held, leading to the creation of a new Happy Mount Park Project Group. This committee includes park volunteers, concessionaires. councillors and council officers, who meet for talks on how to improve the park.
Simon Lewis, chairman of the action group and the Friends, said: “I’m really chuffed. It’s a positive way forward with everybody communicating properly. The council isn’t doing anything with the park without the public’s opinions being involved.” Mr Lewis said the organisation would bid for grant money to develop the park. The city council cabinet meets to approve the Happy Mount Park Masterplan next Tuesday.