New pocket park for city centre

The finishing touches are being put to a new green space in the heart of the city centre.

A 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 about three years ago the land has remained unused. Land owners, Langtree, have given permission for a temporary park to be developed there and it will be completed in time for the International Festival for Business (IFB) which will attract tens of thousands of visitors to Liverpool.

“The site is one of the most important routes which will be used by people attending the 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.

“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, pocket parks and green spaces and they have been warmly welcomed by local people.”

A feature of the new park is that it uses recycled material, including granite, which used to be use on highway, which have now been used to create seating areas. It also features a ship’s anchor which was formally a public artwork in North Liverpool. There are also planted areas in the new park.

INES (Plus Dane) social enterprise carried out the work on the park and they will maintain it.

Pictured: Councillor Munby(right) and Councillor Nick Small put some of the park’s last piece of turf in place