The Friends of Bolsover Parks volunteers group is overjoyed their dreams of turning a derelict bowling green on Hornscroft Park into a garden and outdoor entertainment space are to finally come true.
A Friends of Bolsover Parks spokesman said: “Three years ago we set ourselves the task to get funding to turn an eyesore into something to be proud of and we’ve done it.
“The Bowl is a great asset for Bolsover and provides a pleasant garden and unique outdoor auditorium which locals and visitors can enjoy.”
The first to perform on the open-air stage will be youngsters from five local primary schools at the launch event on Friday, June 14.
School children have also designed images which stonemason Andy Oldfield used to create two stone plinths to commemorate The Bowl’s opening and smaller carvings for a trail in the garden.
A Friends of Bolsover Parks spokesman added: “We are so grateful to many organisations and people. We want to say a huge thanks to the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces initiative, The Co-op Membership Community Fund, Million Trees Derbyshire, Derek Trowell Architects, garden designer Mary Wardle, contractors Derwent Treescapes, stonemason Andy Oldfield, Old Bolsover Town Council, Bolsover Rotary and the lovely Bolsover people who have played their part in making this community project a huge success.”
Those wishing to find out more about the park can visit www.friendsofbolsoverparks.weebly.com for details.
The official launch party at the park takes place from 10am to 2pm, Friday, June 14, at Hornscroft Park, on Langwith Road, with performances from five local primary schools and a puppet show.
Stonemason Andy Oldfield will be stone carving throughout the day and running workshops with the children.
The schools involved will be Bolsover Infant & Nursery School, Brockley Primary School, New Bolsover School, Palterton Primary School, Bolsover Junior Church of England School.