East Leeds: Site set for new lease of parklife

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PLANS have been announced for sweeping improvements to Manston Park in Cross Gates.

Work due to be carried out at the popular park, which lies off Austhorpe Road, includes:

Installation of new fencing including a spectator rail around the football field;

Improvements to the park’s playground and provision of some fitness equipment;

Refurbishment of the site’s tennis courts as well as the creation of a space for informal games and kickabouts;

Bringing a number of paths and trees up to scratch.

Proposals for improvements to the park followed a request from young members of Cross Gates Forum. Funding for the work has come in the form of contributions from local developers, with the major chunk being provided on the back of new homes being built at the Barnbow site.

And the scheme has now been brought to fruition by the three Labour councillors for Cross Gates and Whinmoor – Pauleen Grahame, Debra Coupar and Peter Gruen.

Coun Grahame told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We’re so pleased this work is being carried out for the benefit of the whole community.

“It will make a big difference to the people of all ages who use the park. The improvements will also complement the beautiful environment that Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside department has created at Manston.”

Manston Park was also in the news earlier this month when Ryan Langstaff was named as the winner of a competition that asked pupils at Manston Primary School to come up with a design for the flowerbeds around its Barnbow Lasses Memorial.

Nathan Atkinson-Parle, Ellie Wrigg and Isabelle Ward were all highly commended in the competition, which was run by East Leeds History and Archaeology Society with the support of Coun Grahame and the council’s parks and countryside department.

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