The following news release was issued by Trafford Council on the 3rd February 2012 :-
An exciting project to create a new cafe in Longford Park is under way.
The café will be housed in one of the park’s original buildings, an Edwardian bungalow, which is currently undergoing a sensitive renovation. Works also include the creation of a fully accessible Changing Places toilet and a new external paved seating area.
Manchester and Cheshire Construction have commenced work on the creation of the new café and Trafford Council will shortly be seeking to engage a community focused organisation to run the café.
There are a series of exciting events coming to Trafford in the near future, including the Greater Manchester Marathon on April 28 that begins and ends in Longford Park and in July, visitors from around the world will be coming to Trafford for the London 2012 Olympic Games (Football).
A project to improve the footpath network around Pet’s Corner, which is close to the café, will also be undertaken during the same period, with a new notice board and park signs also being installed.
Longford Park, which is a designated conservation area, became a public park after it was purchased by Stretford Urban District Council in 1911 and then opened in 1912.
The new café is causing great excitement among the community as local resident Patricia Morris of Kings Road, Stretford explains: “I often take my grandchildren to Longford Park and the café will be a welcome addition. The kids love the play area and the animals but there are no toilet facilities and nowhere to go and have a cuppa. I’m looking forward to sitting outside the café in the summer and watching the kids on the swings.”
Executive Councillor John Reilly said: “This is a fantastic project, which will provide a facility that can be used and enjoyed by all visitors to the park. Not only will the renovation of the building celebrate the history of this much-loved site, but the opening of the café will help ensure that this valuable asset can be enjoyed by as many people as possible.”
To help mark the start of the project, Manchester and Cheshire Construction ran an art competition at nearby St John’s Primary School. Children created scenes of Longford Park and the new café and the winning entries will be displayed on a large banner at the site during the renovation works.