Tuesday, 16 September 2008

30th Anniversary of Chorlton Water Park

This is a message from Tracey Pook, Chair of the Friends of Chorlton Water Park:

"The Friends of Chorlton Water Park have been working alongside the Mersey Valley Warden Service to organise an event to celebrate 30 years of Chorlton Water Park, on the 21st September starting at 10am till 3pm. Chorlton Water Park stands on what was the site of Barlow Hall Farm. Up until the 1950s the farmer flooded the field to increase the fertility of the land. He recalled that ‘the sluice gates were never opened for the first flood as this brought down the rubbish: the second flood brought down rich mud’.Gravel was excavated from the site and used in the construction of the M60 motorway in the 1970s. The gravel pit was subsequently flooded; creating the lake that is central to the Water Park today. Chorlton Water Park is a Local Nature Reserve. It is also a holder of the Civic Trust’s Green Flag Award-recognising the high standard of environmental value and community involvement- and the UK Man and the Biosphere Urban Wildlife Award for Excellence. It has also been awarded the Green Flag award for the past 4 years! To mark this day we have organised the event to include:A display to show the history of the Water park,alongside people's memories. Also caneoing, facepainting, Arts & crafts, tombola, hair braiding, games, Samba performance by Cavendish Rd PrimarySchool children (12pm), Hot food and beverages and various stalls from jewelrey to recycling.There is no admission charge and all activites are free. I really hope you can along and help make this event a success. "

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