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City's park 'jewel' has facelift

25 July 09 15:13 GMT

A community celebration is being held to mark the end of a two-year programme of work at a Liverpool park.

The Grade II-listed Stanley Park is to be officially reopened on Sunday with activities and events, including a brass band playing on the bandstand.

The Isla Gladstone Conservatory, which has been out of use for 30 years, has had a make-over as part of the £14m regeneration.

The lake system in the 143-year-old Liverpool park has also been restored.

Events start at noon and include donkey rides, soccer skills from Everton Football Club, a falconry display, face painting, fishing and pedal-powered rickshaws.

Piece by piece

Councillor Berni Turner, of Liverpool City Council, said: "Stanley Park really is the jewel in North Liverpool's crown and its transformation is spectacular."

The conservatory will not officially open until August, but visitors can see the external improvements.

The entire structure was taken down piece by piece, examined for damage, rebuilt and re-glazed with 1,483 separate panes of glass.

Intricate ironwork and sandstone bridges throughout the park have been restored using old photographs to keep to original designs.

About 70,000 new trees and shrubs have been planted around the park, including the Tree of Heaven, Strawberry Tree, Scarlet Oak and Liquidambar.

Work began on the project in November 2007.

The park is one of Liverpool's oldest, dating from 1866, and is famously situated between Liverpool and Everton's football stadiums.

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