Rhyddings park official reopening
Rhyddings Park in Oswaldtwistle will officially reopen on Sunday (19 March) following a £2 million makeover.
The celebration event, which starts from 11am, coincides with the 110th anniversary of when the park was officially given to the people of Oswaldtwistle.
Newground Together, part of Together Housing Group, worked with Hyndburn Council and Friends of Rhyddings Park to secure a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund to restore the former Coach House as a new community venue and undertake a range of improvements throughout the park.
The money was also used to return the derelict walled garden to its traditional use of food growing; establish a training and volunteering programme; and develop a social enterprise, generating income for the park from meeting rooms, cafe and training kitchen.
Since the work finished last August, over 3,500 people have attended events in the park including qigong, yoga, camera club, watercolour painting, wizard workshop, sports walking, and mums & baby groups, as well as children’s parties, tapas nights and comedy clubs.
Sunday’s events will include zen yoga, kids photography, arts and crafts, traditional games a sensory trail and more (some activities will need to be booked in advance). The café will also be open from 11.30am to 4pm.
The Mayor elect, Cllr June Harrison, said: “The Lottery Funded work has transformed the park into something the local community can be really proud of. The Friends of Rhyddings Park have done a brilliant job to put on so many different activities and events for the local community and the reopening is a chance for even more visitors to see the park and take part in the many activities. Everyone is welcome and a huge thanks goes to Ann Warrington and the other volunteers associated with Friends of Rhyddings Park for all they have done for the park and the reopening event.”
Ann Warrington, Chair of the Friends of Rhyddings Park, said: “We are really happy with all we’ve achieved since the park’s transformation and it’s wonderful to see so many people coming along to the Coach House Café and all the events in the park. We are grateful to so many people who have brought so much to the park and the community of Oswaldtwistle and look forward to welcoming even more visitors to Rhyddings for the official reopening.”
Peter Jordan, Director of Newground, said: “The Friends of Rhyddings Park should be really proud of what they have achieved. The park looks fantastic and is a place where the people of Oswaldtwistle can meet and enjoy free or low cost activities, boosting their physical and mental health and wellbeing. The event on Sunday is an opportunity to showcase all that the park offers and to meet the people who made it happen.”