In 2013 Dudley Council was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People programme of £2.56 million for the restoration of Mary Stevens Park.
The grant is a mixture of capital funding for physical works in the park and revenue funding for staff, events and activities etc.

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The restoration of Mary Stevens Park was completed in 2016. We are currently continuing to make minor improvements.

Watch this space for photographs showing the story of our park improvements.


  2 comments for “Restoration

  1. Laura
    February 28, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I am a regular visitor to the park and have seen the restoration over the past few months and what has been done so far is great. However, I am really disappointed that the play area is not getting a face lift, this is one of the main attractions of the park and it is run down and it really could do with having more swings to help during busy times and have a larger varietly of equipment. Are there any plans in the future to update the play equipment?

    Also has there been any consideration to adding a pedestrian crossing on the Stanley road exit? The road is rather busy and as the exit is just off a bend in the road sometimes you can not see what cars are coming and how fast. this is not helped as quite often cars are parked close to the exit- your view is restricted. There is an accident waiting to happen there.

    I look forward to your response.

    • March 30, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Hello Laura

      Thank you for getting in touch with us via the web-pages.
      I am sorry for the delay but I do not check the website regularly for comments, feel free to contact me using my e-mail address in future –

      As part of the project we have installed an accessible roundabout in the play area. This is currently under-going safety checks and will be open for children to use soon.
      I understand your frustration with the lack of facilities, on very busy days we could definitely do with more swings and I too would love new equipment. Unfortunately this is beyond the scope of the grant which is focused on the heritage of the park. We are able to do some work to increase the range of audiences but as our audience is already predominantly families with young children this was not seen as a target area for improvements. It remains to be seen what play equipment may be available in the future but we don’t expect any soon.

      I understand the local councillors have previously tried to get a pedestrian crossing on Stanley road and were unsuccessful as the highways department responsible deemed it not to be a busy enough crossing to require one. I am not sure how long ago this was but at least 3 years I think. I too , again I agree it would be very desirable to have a crossing at Stanley road but it is not something the grant providers could or would pay for and is something we need local people like yourself to campaign for. I would suggest you start by writing to local councillors about your concerns as they are in a position in to bring the concerns of local people to the people able to make it happen. We do ask for local enforcement teams to patrol the area – particularly on busy sunny days to ticket those parking on the double yellows and where parking is dangerous we need to call the local police on 101 to report it.

      Thank you, I am glad you can see the positive aspects of the project as well as these limitations (how we spend the grant is limited by the HLF)

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