Pub­lic of­fered pre­view of park restora­tion

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS -

AN OPEN day is be­ing held in a North-east part ahead of a ma­jor restora­tion pro­ject.

Duthie Park is host­ing the event on Sun­day, Au­gust 14, which will fea­ture dis­plays of how the re­vamp of the his­toric Aberdeen site is go­ing to look in the fu­ture, as well as pro­vid­ing fam­i­lies with a good day out.

The £5.3 mil­lion restora­tion is in­tended to re­turn the park to its orig­i­nal de­sign and was based on arche­o­log­i­cal sur­veys.

Many of the orig­i­nal fea­tures of the Vic­to­rian park are go­ing to be re­stored, in­clud­ing the ponds be­ing put back into use and fountain be­ing re­paired.

A £2.5m Na­tional Lot­tery grant is help­ing to pay for the work.

The event will take place be­tween noon and 4pm.

Friends of Duthie Park chair­man Tony Daw­son said: “This will be an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the park as it is now prior to the re­fur­bish­ment. Many peo­ple know there is ma­jor work to be un­der­taken with­out nec­es­sar­ily be­ing aware of all that is in­volved.

“We will have a pow­erpoint dis­play of the planned work and there will be guided tours around the park ex­plain­ing the de­tails of the restora­tion, which is sub­stan­tial.”

The park was gifted to Aberdeen city in 1881 by Lady El­iz­a­beth Duthie.

She pur­chased the for­mer Arthurseat Es­tate for £30,000.

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