The grade two listed park was given funding from Nottingham City Council and the Heritage Lottery to complete the restoration.
Funding will go towards restoring 100-year-old buildings – including the boating office, repairing footpaths, improving the boating area and creating an adventure gold area.
Work has started this week, however the park will remain open to visitors while the restoration takes place.
Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Dave Trimble said: “Highfields Park has been loved by generations of Nottingham people and it’s fantastic that it’s now being restored to its original splendour as it approaches its centenary.
“The park is an important part of Nottingham’s history, particularly because of its link with Jesse Boot, and I am proud that our ambitious plans for a full restoration along with improved facilities and an exciting events programme for today’s park users have come to fruition thanks to the generosity of the Lottery and other funding partners.”
Lottery funding has also enabled the park to hire a park ranger who provides a link between the park and community.
Steve Clarke who has been in the role for three years says the restoration is timely and much needed: “The majority of the buildings around the park were built 100-years-ago and because of that there’s a lot of wear and tear. The croquet pitch in particular gets used a lot so it needs repairing.”
“We are also offering park rambles where I take people round the park with key drawings and talk about what is going to happen and outline what’s going on. It’s a way to include the local community in the project while work is going on.”
Other areas that will benefit from the funding includes:
- Improving the ticket office
- Restoring bridges
- Refurbishing the tram stop entrance
- Tree works
- Improving putting greens
- Producing new croquet lawns and bowling greens
Bill Shipstone, 57 uses the park regularly and says: “I think other parts of the city could do with a bit more money spending on it rather than this. It seems like they throw a lot of money into this area of Nottingham, I’m not sure they need to do the work now but in a few years maybe.”
Daniella Horan, 21 from Beeston lives opposite the park and also added: “I can see why they are doing it because in the winter it’s really muddy and slippy, and the boating house is really run down, but at the end of the day it’s a lot of money to be put into the area.”
Work is due to be finished by the end of the year.