Work on the £1.2 million project to restore Thompson Park in Burnley has started with creating a new car park.
Accessible from Colne Road, the pay and display car park will have 60 parking spaces including six allocated for disabled parking.
The development of the car park is a first phase of the Heritage Lottery funded project, whichaims to restore the popular Grade II listed park and to celebrate its heritage, from its opening in 1930 to the present day.
The car park improvements will also include the installation of a passing place on the access road and the installation of illuminated signs on Colne Road indicating the number of vacant spaces.
The work is set to be completed ahead of the International 7 ¼ inch Railway Society Annual General Meeting which takes place from 22nd to 25th September, which will see steam engines brought to the park from all over Europe.
Additional parking will allow visitors, who have come from further afield, to park their cars and enjoy a family day out, as well as allow those with mobility issues to have a greater ease of access to the park.
Councillor John Harbour, council’s executive member responsible for green spaces, said: “Consultation with park users has identified the need for parking spaces within the park, particularly for the benefit of disabled visitors. These are important improvements that will make parking and walking in this much loved and very popular park easier for residents and visitors.
“The council is grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their generous support for the restoration of Thompson Park.”