Manchester to open first public park in 100 years

The UK Government is to invest £23 million into the mixed-use urban neighbourhood being created in the heart of Manchester including Mayfield park, the city’s first new public park in 100 years. The project is set to transform a 30-acre site behind Piccadilly station that has been largely derelict for years. The 6.5-acre park will surround the banks of the River Medlock and feature parkland and gardens with trees and shrubbery, as well as walkways for the public to use.

The £23 million investment is being made from the Government’s Getting Building Fund, which backs projects that help to drive economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

It’s part of a wider £54 million Government investment in major building projects across Greater Manchester, following a bid from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Manchester city council leader has said: “This part of the city centre has been under-used for decades and it’s brilliant that we can now celebrate the first shovels going in the ground on the new city park and a green sanctuary at the heart of our city – followed closely by significant investment in new commercial space and new homes.

Mayfield is a project of exceptional ambition. And ambition is the very tonic we need as we navigate our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic towards economic recovery – in part through high-quality, impactful investment in our city, such as this.”

The Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham has also shared his positive views on the project: “If we needed a reminder of the importance of accessible green spaces and the benefits they can bring for our mental and physical wellbeing, this year certainly brought one.

A new public park can give a real lift to this part of Manchester, creating important new community assets and jobs. As part of a much wider vision for the city centre, it can help to boost our economic recovery and transform urban space for the people who live, work, and do business here.”

A number of high-profile arts and music events have been relocated to Mayfield – most recently The Warehouse Project and Manchester Pride – an estimated 330,000 people visited the site in 2019 for the Warehouse project and others events, creating £7.9m for the local economy. This year, space has become the hotspot of the town – with huge success surrounding Escape to Freight Island. Now Mayfield park is the next big step for this part of the city. Over the next 10 years, Mayfield will also provide 1,500 homes, 1.6m sq ft of commercial space and restaurants, bars, cafés, shops, cultural spaces, and a hotel.

We can’t wait to see what the regenerated space has to offer in the coming years and look forward to post lockdown park trips.

 

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