Eastville Park Lido and Community Hub projects both get go-ahead
TWO groups bidding to run facilities in Eastville Park have each been given the green light by the city council to take their projects forward.
Both the Friends of Eastville Park and the Eastville Park Lido Steering Group have been told that their expressions of interest in running facilities in the park have been successful under the council's Bristol Future Parks project.
The Friends' proposal is to develop a Community Hub and Activities Centre based around the Nissen Hut, next to the park's bowling green.
The group has already carried out extensive renovation work and has a programme of events planned for the summer and beyond.
The Eastville Park Lido Steering Group proposal is to build a new outdoor swimming pool on the nearby old bowling green site, opposite the Nissen hut and next to the basketball court.
Announcing the bid last summer, the group said the lido (pictured above in a computer generated image) would be run as a not-for-profit social enterprise, with any surpluses put back into the community.
The overall cost of the scheme at the time was estimated at about £1.6 million.
Both groups are now waiting to hear what the next steps will be having made it through the first stage, with the council planning workshops for successful applicants in the coming weeks.
Looking for new ways to fund the upkeep of the city's parks, the council invited community groups and businesses to make bids to manage facilities in Eastville Park and four others across the city when it launched Future Parks last autumn.
It said: "The Bristol Future Parks project will not involve selling off parks or green spaces but is exploring ideas that could help generate income from which parks, and the people who use them, can benefit.
"This will include exploring a variety of commercial opportunities to generate revenue that will be used to maintain parks and fund improvements, such as bike hubs, splash parks, cafes, lakeside activities and tree top adventures."
Eastville Park was identified as one of three parks with "specific commercial potential".
The Nissen Hut is already in use for community events after the friends of Eastville Park renovated it
A statement on the Future Parks website said: "We've had an excellent response to the pilot phase of Bristol Future Parks and look forward to sharing more details of the successful projects soon."
The website said seven "small scale projects", eight medium scale projects and six projects had been chosen across the five parks.
Of these, 16 are community projects and five are commercial projects.
The council declined to officially confirm which projects it has chosen and how many relate to Eastville Park, although a spokesperson confirmed all applicants had been contacted to tell them the outcome of their submissions.