Runcorn Hill Park is a substantial public park in the borough of Halton. The Park extends over 32 hectares of both semi-natural landscape and more formal ground which provide an invaluable resource for residents and visitors. The park comprises a great variety of landscape characters, including: a dis-used nineteenth-century quarry with derelict 1920′s landscape valley, early twentieth-century formal gardens, open playing fields, oak-birch woodland and a locally important area of lowland heath. The formal grounds of the Park are centrally placed, with the heath and wooded quarries to their west and the open fields to their east. The park facilities include a bandstand, putting green, bowling green, boating lake, tennis courts and a network of footpaths and bridleways.
Halton Borough Council was successful in securing a total of £2 million funding consisting of £1.3 million HLF Parks for People funding and additional match funding for the restoration, interpretation and improvement needed for the Park to develop and succeed, and for its merits to be enjoyed and offered to a wider audience.
Responding to community survey work, the project will help people to:
- Be Welcome – by providing new visitor facilities including toilets, refreshments and community spaces
- Take Part – by ensuring existing facilities reach their potential and creating new ways of getting involved with the Park
- Learn: by ensuring the heritage of the park is preserved and shared
- Thrive: by encouraging healthier lifestyles and improved wellbeing of the local community
- Be Challenged: by providing more opportunities and adventure through natural play, diverse sports and new activities
- Care: by helping park users to take more responsibility in caring for their park
- Be Supported: encouraging and enabling ‘non-traditional’ groups to start using the park regularly
The project will conserve, restore and develop the diverse historic elements of the Park, and provide new and improved visitor facilities. The project will also focus on the Park’s unique industrial and social heritage and will encourage new interest in the Park from a wider audience across a broader catchment area.
Your Park Project Officers
Siobhan Royle, Parks Conservation Partnership officer, who is responsible for the volunteer groups and management of the conservation works going on, on site.
Michelle Shuker, Community Engagement officer, who is responsible for the putting on new and exciting events that will be taking place on site and to work with community groups and schools on activities throughout the site.