Progress is underway on an extensive program of enhancements at Shroggs Park in northern Halifax, aimed at making the park more appealing and inviting for everyone.

Shroggs Park, located just outside Halifax town centre, encompasses a large green area and woodland. This Grade II listed park holds a rich history, having opened in 1881, and has remained at the heart of the community ever since. It boasts amenities like a skate park, football pitches, a play area, and is also home to the popular Halifax parkrun. Additionally, the park is home to a diverse range of tree and plant species.

Substantial investment is being utilised to execute these improvements, with the goal of creating a more welcoming, attractive, and accessible environment, all while ensuring the work is sustainable.

The project commenced in spring 2023 and has already seen upgrades to pathways, repairs to fencing, landscaping efforts to open up areas of the park, and the cleaning of entrances and the historical monument.

The drive to enhance the park is being spearheaded by a collaborative group that includes the Friends of Shroggs Park Group – a local volunteer group with a longstanding dedication to improving the park.

In conjunction with Calderdale Council and the North Halifax Partnership, they’ve established the Shroggs Park Partnership, which has been dedicated to maximising the park’s potential, guided by feedback from both formal and informal consultations with park users and the local community.

The partnership continues to work diligently in order to develop the park for the future. Future initiatives will involve further planting, improved signage, and the creation of a woodland walk. Additional ideas, such as community growing spaces and ‘Active Spots’ around the park, are also being considered to bolster community amenities within the park.

Following a survey, the existing pavilion structure, which is in a state of disrepair, will be dismantled in early 2024. In its place, graded landscaping will be employed to create a balanced and inviting space.

Councillor Jenny Lynn, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, commented:

“Shroggs Park is a fantastic asset for the northern Halifax area, and it’s fantastic news that efforts are underway to make it an even more enjoyable place to visit.

“The dedication and resolve of the park’s Friends group, along with the backing of other local organisations, has played a vital role in enabling the Shroggs Park Partnership to secure substantial funding for this program of improvement works.

“The Council is also pleased to contribute to the efforts, demonstrating our commitment to preserving and enhancing our unique environment, and recognising the significant contribution of our parks and green spaces.”

Various funding sources, including the UK Government’s Levelling Up fund, Active Calderdale funding, Safer Streets Fund, and Council budgets, are contributing to different aspects of the improvements. Together, they will make a tangible difference.

Although funded by various streams, the investment is united by a common goal – to make enhancements that benefit all park users and elevate the visitor experience. The project is slated for completion in 2025.