Hillsborough Park to get £420,000 worth of improvements to cope with music festivals

A Sheffield park will get better footpaths and drainage so it can cope with two massive music festivals over the next couple of years.

Sheffield's Hillsborough Park is to see improvements

Hillsborough Park will once again host Tramlines in July 2022 and there’s also plans for a new two-day music festival in 2023.

Council officers are planning new 4m wide footpaths and better drainage to help the grass stay resilient and say if the work isn’t carried out, the park won’t be able to cope with the increased footfall and vehicles which Tramlines brings.

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A report says: “Hillsborough Park is one of Sheffield’s major event parks and there are plans to apply for Green Flag status for the park.

“Currently hosting Tramlines, the park will also host another two day event in 2023, bringing much needed income into the park.

“However, in order to ensure the site is sustainable, both for events and for community use, the footpaths and drainage in the park need improvement.

“These enhancements will also help create an active park throughout the year by improving the infrastructure for running, cycling, walking, and scooting.”

The work, costing £420,000, should be completed next year.

The report adds: “This should reduce event set up and take down time, enabling the park to return to normal use quicker.

“It will improve all year-round park use, increased active park use through Park Runs and football training and the new wider footpaths will support Cycling-4-All. The drainage improvements will reduce flooding impact on Hillsborough Arena Sports Association.”