The Silver Springs story now has a silver lining. Tameside Council has added £20,000 to a £23,000 grant from SITA Trust to create a core network of surfaced paths in the green space adjacent to Stamford Park boating lake.
For more than a year, the park has hosted a weekly 5k run which goes through the area. However, the paths have suffered badly over a succession of very wet winters. The repair work will make Silver Springs more accessible not only to runners, but to Tameside Hospital and the general public.
Surfaced paths and improved signage will make Silver Springs accessible all year round and help the area cope with increased usage. An interpretation of its rich wildlife and history will be provided, and schools and bodies such as the National Citizens’ Service are building a nature trail.
The project is being undertaken by a combination of partners including volunteers, Brother and the Department of Health as well as the local authority.
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for parks, said: “I am so pleased to hear about SITA Trust’s grant, and that we have been able to help as an authority.
“The Silver Springs scheme fits in with several Tameside Council objectives, such as partnership work, volunteering and health, and with three of the 16 for 2016 pledges: Healthy Lives, Do More Together and Mind your Health.”
Marianne Ivin of SITA Trust added: “This project was funded through our Accessing Nature programme and will see a great improvement to the path network at this very popular outdoor space.”
Park runs take place every Saturday at 9am. They are free to enter, and open to all ages and abilities. For more information visit www.parkrun.org.uk/stamfordpark/course