Park Life

Wednesday 5 December saw the Patel Taylor designed Eastside City Park officially opened after 16 months of construction, Patel Taylor complete Birmingham's first new park for 130 years, although the photos below suggest a last few items to finish in the park.  The new park, covers 6.75 acres over an 800m long strip fronting Millennium Point and includes 310 trees, formal lawns, public squares and a canal feature. 

It provides 3.4ha of public amenity space, with an adjoining 188m canal feature and 21 jet fountains.The linear park is divided into formal lawns and public squares, with perforated Corten steel sculptures to mimic the large trees that differentiate the spaces.’s-first-new-park-for-130-years/5046983.article

The park was opened officially in an invitation only after-dark event by leader of the council Sir Albert Bore.

Andrew Taylor, director of Patel Taylor, added:Eastside City Park is more than just another piece of infill landscape. Patel Taylor and French Landscape Architect, Allain Provost has built upon their work at Thames Barrier Park by initiating and creating an unfolding piece of city.

The park is the first in the city for 130 years but perhaps while encouraging the regeneration of the city centre the spread of greenery and new parks should reach the suburbs next, New Eastside City Park due to open 5th Dec - will it fit the bill?

Our research revealed that many residents were looking for more local green spaces. We know that many people don’t come into the city centre very often as travel costs, especially bus fares, are an obstacle.

The new park, alongside Millennium Point, and adjoining the site of a planned cultural quarter, Curzon Street to become Ikon for Eastside, should encourage the spread of the city core which is planned to encompass all areas within the middleway and help to soften the development of the adjoining High Speed 2 Terminal.  It remains to be seen though how well it will be used until adjoining developments encourage it as a thoroughfare.  The new Birmingham City University campus developments should encourage more students and nearby Hotel La Tour should benefit from the greener setting but it would be great to see it used day and night all year round.  Judging from the number of people using the park on sunday however, it can't be too long before it is a popular place to relax, meet and walk through.

The following pictures in the park were taken on Sunday 9 December.


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