Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Stanley Park re-opens with a party.

The restoration of Grade II listed Stanley Park and its 110 year old Isla Gladstone conservatory can only be a good thing for Liverpool. http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2009/07/27/community-party-marks-end-of-14m-stanley-park-regeneration-92534-24246324/
What the story does not tell you is that if, the expansion, which now looks credit crunched, of Liverpool's football ground goes ahead it will eat up half of the park. It is good to have expansive progressive plans but its always one step forward and one back with Liverpool's heritage.
http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2009/07/28/tom-hicks-and-george-gillett-agree-new-liverpool-fc-loan-deal-92534-24253386/ The conservatory was restored once before by the Militant tendency council whose opinion under the stewardship of the then deputy leader Derek Hatton was that it should be a wine bar.

I have not seen it yet and I doubt if it will ever be the same place as when I grew up near there and could safely play in the children's boating lake and go to school summer holidays chess and game classes safely spending hours there.
There used to be a flower clock with moving hands made by the botanical gardeners that had moving hands and you would hang around till 12 o'clock to watch it move. Those were the days. Lets hope it stays that way. So for the time being its welldone to all concerned in the Parks new dawn.

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