Maidstone celebrates £2.5 million Mote Park
Mote Park’s £2.5 million restoration is complete. The
Mayor of Maidstone, Councillor Rodd Neslon-Gracie will formally
open the park during a special day of celebrations on Sunday June
Improvements have included – new paths, restoration of parkland,
100 new trees, car park improvements, new bridges, restoring the
1840s waterfall, visitor hubs at Willington Street and School Lane
with car parks and play areas, and restoring the neoclassical
Volunteers Pavilion dating from the 1800s.
Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services, John A Wilson
said: “This is the largest investment in Mote Park since the
council purchased it for £50,000 in 1927. The park is
magnificent. We have reinstated the splendour of the former
parkland, restoring historic views, the pavilion, waterfall and
bridges. Maidstone people are rightly proud of their Mote
Park. The restoration work and the many new features make
visits even more memorable and enjoyable.”
The Kent Kite festival will be held on the day with national
champions taking part in kite flying displays and special kite
making classes, with free kite kits for children.
There will be a funfair and special appearances by Peppa Pig and
Other attractions at the free event will include face painting,
arts and crafts and live youth band performances.
The Mote Park restoration project was awarded £1.8 million from the
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG)
under their Parks for People scheme. The total cost of the
improvement project is £2.5 million.