Grosvenor Park Restoration Project

A £2.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Parks for People fund has been secured for the restoration and enhancement of Grosvenor Park in Chester.
Our vision is to restore Grosvenor Park to a high quality, well used and vibrant city centre park that will welcome people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds whilst celebrating its cultural heritage, and providing activities to meet the needs of today's user.

The final restoration and improvements to Grosvenor Park include:
  • restoration of the Edward Kemp Victorian landscape design to open up views and restore planting plans
  • resurfacing all of the paths including a new accessible path in the southern end of the park
  • restoration of the boundary walls, gates and heritage features including arches and statues
  • a new natural play area that will be relocated to the east of the miniature railway
  • a cafe and community rooms in the park lodge building
  • new belvedere training building
  • improved signage and interpretation panels
  • an activity programme for the park
Contractors having been making good progress on works since starting on site in June 2013 and works are on schedule to be completed by June 2014

View the plans for the completed Grosvenor Park Restoration Project (PDF 1MB).

Current situation

The eastern side of Grosvenor Park including the new play park is accessible through the two entrances on Dee Lane during the week to allow contractors to complete path works.  

On weekends the entrances to the south of the park leading to the river will also be open.  These include the entrance near St Johns Church, the suspension bridge and The Boat House restaurant. The park restoration project is still on schedule to be completed by June 2014.  Over the next few weeks the rose garden will be re-planted, the new pavillion will be completed along with the remodelling, restoration and extension of the Grade II listed Park Lodge which will include a cafe and first floor meeting rooms for community use.

A fully accessible play area was completed on schedule in October 2013 and is open to the public to access from the eastern side of the park.
The Grosvenor Park Miniature railway is located just next door to the new play park and is open weekends, bank holidays and daily throughout school holidays.
Work continues to restore the pond on the eastern side of Grosvenor Park. Improvements include works to the ponds retaining walls, reforming the edges to a more natural outline, planting of wildlife friendly waterside aquatics and installing a new accessible path around the pond.   The area is fenced off but is visible to the public. Work is due to be completed by late May.

Works are taking place to remodel, restore and extend the Grade II listed Park Lodge in Grosvenor Park, to include a café and first floor meeting rooms for community use.

Find out about the archaeological dig that has been taking place in Grosvenor Park by attending a open afternoon on Tuesday 27 May, 1pm – 4pm​.

Volunteering opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities at Grosvenor Park please contact the Greenspace Team on 01606 271931 or email


If you would like any further information regarding the project contact Denise Snelson, Greenspace Project Officer:  


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