"Hidden jewel" to be
converted into a park
A new park is to be created in North
Liverpool at a site described as the City's hidden jewel.
The 8 acre piece of land, bordering Kirkdale Rail station consists of woodland
and grassed areas with wildflowers and wildlife.
Now it is to be made into a maintained park with the provisional name of Melrose
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:-
"I was aware that there was a piece of land next to the railway but like most
people I just drove past it without really knowing what was there, as you cannot
see it properly from the road. Simon O'Brien brought it to my attention in
his green spaces review and I went there with him and was absolutely stunned at
how beautiful it is. It really is a hidden jewel, a breath taking piece of
green space in North Liverpool with a lot of potential and we want to ensure
that this significant site is maintained to be used by the local community. We
are putting some funding into it and will be working with the community and
other partners to protect and develop the site. I would like to thank Simon for
highlighting this space; his interim review talked about creating green
corridors in the City and this is a great example of how we can take that idea
£50,000 has been allocated to start the work on the park. It is envisaged that
the new park will have improved footpaths, entrance and signage.
Kirkdale Councillor Joe Hanson said:- "It's great news that we are getting
a new park. We will be consulting with the local community on how we can best
animate and make the most of it. I know some people will have concerns about
anti social behaviour so we will be ensuring that there are proper security
arrangements in place."
Mayor Anderson added:- "This will be the second significant park we have created in the
the City, after Alt Meadows... We have also created numerous
smaller spaces throughout Liverpool making it a greener City."