George Street Pocket Park Progresses
21 September 2018Work continues onsite at the new George Street Pocket Park next week. Last month the restored gate pillars were re-instated by Grosvenor Construction and the restoration of the gates completed by Flintshire Fabrications.
George Street Pocket Park next to the Shropshire Union Canal runs alongside the City Walls. The park is being brought back to its former glory by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing said: “The new park is part of our Chester Regeneration Strategy and Waterways Strategy, helping to improve the connections with the bus interchange and city centre businesses and promote the unique history of the Walls and waterways.
“The park will have been passed by many people not even knowing it was there, when completed later this year views will be greatly improved from the Walls and from the canal.”
A viewing platform will be situated at a lower level to the east of the existing site entrance, with views of King Charles Tower, the Shropshire Union Canal and the City Walls. The platform will be set at a level that allows for inclusive access from the main pathway.
The pathway through the park will be inclusive for all, and will follow the existing contours of the site. Seating will be provided within the park and steps and there will be new lighting in the park to provide a safe route during the evening.
Wildflowers will be planted, such as snowdrops, bluebells, wood anemones, wild garlic and cow parsley, to enrich the existing habitat on the site, provide seasonal change and encourage greater diversity of habitat for wildlife.
The final stage of restoring the park is being carried out by Dunkil Developments Ltd and is scheduled to take approximately three months subject to weather conditions.
The Council’s Waterways Strategy (2014) includes improving the connectivity between the canal, river and city encouraging increased inward investment and increased tourism. The Waterways Strategy identified the opportunity ‘to create the new pocket park by George Street to open vistas of the walls and cutting and encourage active use, especially from workers/visitors to the health centre.’