In the period between 1932 and 1967 crazy paving paths were added to the formal fountain garden (most likely 1936). The formal topiary of the yew trees in this area remains today. The bandstand was also added in 1936 being large enough to accommodate 40 performers. Further additions during this period were the ornamental gates at the Western entrance which originated from the home of Joseph Ruston in the Greetwell Road area of Lincoln.
In 2013 the City Council and Linkage were awarded £2.7million by the Heritage Lottery Fund / Big Lottery Fund ‘Parks for People’ programme to restore and improve Boultham Park. The project restored key heritage features, planting, views and vistas, including the bandstand, ‘fountain’ garden with crazy paving, hall footprint, sun dial, bridges and gateways. The old stable block was restored and turned in to the Boultham Park Education Centre, the central facility of Linkage College’s Boultham Park campus. A café and glasshouse were built on the Linkage land, again part of the college campus and providing important facilities to the local and park community. All of these buildings are available for community use, and the café is open every day for lovely food and drinks, and is a great meeting place. There is a Changing Places facility in the education centre, available for the community to use, and accessible toilets inside the café, and on the outside of the café. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area.
The project also brought about a significant interest in events, activities and volunteering in the park, and this continues to grow. There are now many more community-led activities, and many more people keen to get involved.
The Boultham Park Advisory Group has been key in the success of the project, and continues to be a strong and influential group in the park.
See the EVENTS and COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEERING tabs for more information.
The project also resulted in the development of the archive, and improving awareness of Boultham Park’s rich and fascinating history.