The finishing touches are being put to a new green space in the heart of the city centre.
A pop-up pocket park has been created on the site of a former pub and gym at the junction of James Street and the Strand.
Since the building was demolished three years ago, the land has remained unused. Land owners, Langtree, have given permission for a temporary park to be developed there, which will be completed in time for the International Festival for Business (IFB), attracting tens of thousands of visitors to Liverpool.
“The site is one of the most important routes to be used by people attending IFB and, now they will see an attractive green space instead of a disused piece of land, “said Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods.
“But it will also benefit local people – we have had a lot of positive comments from passers-by and local businesses and, one hotel has already seen its potential for wedding photographs. It will also be a fantastic place for people to eat their lunch, have a chat and take-in the amazing views of the Albert Dock, Mann Island and, the Three Graces.
“This is the latest site where we are bringing disused or derelict land back into use. Across the city we have created more than 100 community gardens, pop-up parks and green spaces and they have been warmly welcomed by local people.”
The new park will be built using recycled materials, including granite, which used to form part of the highway, but will now be used to create new seating areas. It also features a ship’s anchor, formally installed as a public artwork in North Liverpool and, a new planting area.
INES (Plus Dane) social enterprise carried out the work on the park and they will maintain it.
We are running a competition to name the new pop-up pocket park. Over the next few days we will be asking you, our members, for ideas on what the new park should be named. After you have decided on a name, it will then be forwarded to Mayor Joe Anderson who will then select the final name.
If you have an idea about the name, then please contact us on 0151 233 2890 or firstname.lastname@example.org