To further promote the understanding of the historical and cultural background which produced this unique resort and to encourage visitors and residents alike to enjoy the facilities that Parkgate and the neighbouring countryside has on offer. This will be through the provision of additional Heritage Trail interpretation boards and walking maps in key areas outlining in particular the Parkgate Fishing Industry, Ship Building and Ferries, the Ropewalk Garden and its associated railway history, the Old Baths and village history. The provision of historical boards will provide education and learning opportunities particularly for children, young people, and families.
The Heritage Trail provides a linear walk which will promote health and well-being, encouraging people to investigate the area further. The proposed maps will detail the Heritage trail walk along with the footpaths and cycling routes that link in with The Wirral Way, enabling people to explore the surrounding countryside.
What we'll deliver:
- Design and install 4 pedestal style Interpretation Boards
- Design and install 2 vertical large display boards incorporating historical data and walking map
- Provide informal natural seating at the well visited middle slip
Why it's a great idea:
To install fun and informative interpretation boards throughout Parkgate on a linear route where anyone from families and young people can enjoy a free activity based walk from board to board finding out about historic Parkgate and equally what current Parkgate has to offer. An example of an existing interpretation board of the Bat Box is shown below.
The objectives are to educate the public on these various industries and other activities which once took place here and shaped the present form of the village and to present the information in a way that will increase the footfall in the village and benefit local business. The information will also be accessible to children and schools as an educational facility.
It is hoped that the outcomes will include benefit to the health, well-being and education of those who take advantage of the offer, whether it be through a greater appreciation of Parkgate’s heritage or through use of the many local footpaths or cycle-ways.
Steps to get it done:
- Design and installation of 4 pedestal interpretation boards
- Design and installation of 2 vertical display boards
- Installation of informal natural seat
This is a project to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Parkgate Society created in 1972 and to achieve some of the aims of its "Vision for Parkgate" - more details of which can be found on the Society's website www.parkgatesociety.co.uk. It is a registered Charity Number 503718. A very rough estimate for the provision of suitable boards for this location, together with the cost of artwork, plus a bench, could be in the area of £12,000 but depends largely on installation costs yet to be established. Officers of Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) are assisting with producing the necessary costs and permissions.
This project adds to the interpretation boards and seats already installed in partnership with CWaC when the Donkey stand was re-developed, planters (re-planted twice annually by the Society), the boat Hi C at the middle slip, the entry sign to the village and boards at the Ropewalk car park