A temporary park was created at Mersey Square in time for the bank holiday weekend, as part of Stockport Council’s investment into many projects that will contribute to the long term growth and enjoymentof of the town centre.
Left: Cllr Iain Roberts, Deputy Leader at Stockport Council, attended the launch of the “pop up park” in the town centre at Mersey Square
Over the next five years, the ambitious programme of projects will include:
- Redrock Stockport, a new cinema, cafes and restaurants;
- Stockport Exchange, a new office quarter by the station;
- Stockport Interchange, creating a new bus station;
- New homes at Covent Garden Village;
- Rejuvenation of the Market Place and Underbanks;
- Major improvements to the ways people get into and around the town centre, with estimated investment by the Council and partners of £900 million.
The Council has worked with the Groundwork Trust,
– an environmental regeneration charity, to create a “pop up park” in the town centre at Mersey Square.
The park is designed to bring some greenery and fun to the town centre while construction works are underway, and to display information about the projects and plans. The feature will stay until the autumn when work starts on festive decorations.
Councillor Iain Roberts, Deputy Leader of Stockport Council, said:
“We are delighted to be working with the Groundwork Trust to help bring to life the Stockport vision in the town centre and keep people updated and informed along the way. Creating the “pop up park” will help to illustrate our commitment to Invest in Growth and create a lovely green area for sitting and relaxing over the bank holiday weekend and throughout autumn.
“We aim to keep the park flourishing until we start to prepare the town centre for the festive season. I do hope people will come along and enjoy the greenery and take the opportunity to find out more about the exciting projects and developments underway.”
Groundwork Trust are architects of sustainable green spaces in urban areas
– and have previously worked with Manchester City Council to help create the successful Dig the City project. This brought plants, greenery and vegetation to the city centre and helped to engage with local people and visitors, getting them involved in planting and growing vegetables and flowers, bringing much needed greenery to the urban city centre.
Richard Clark, Senior Landscape Architect for Groundwork, said:
“Groundwork is an environmental regeneration charity that works with local communities and businesses to change places and change lives. It has been exciting to contribute our knowledge and experience in the design and build of the ‘pop up park’ in partnership with Stockport Council, making their vision a reality and bringing a piece of nature into the town centre. We trust it will be a great and green success.”
Cllr Iain Roberts, Deputy Leader at Stockport Council, attended the launch of the “pop up park” in the town centre at Mersey Square