The construction of a “world-class” new public park has got underway in Sheffield city centre.
Pound’s Park, named after the city’s first Chief Fire Officer, Superintendent John Charles Pound, is expected to officially open to the public in around nine months’ time.
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Executive Member for City Futures: Development, Culture and Regeneration, at Sheffield City Council, said the park would provide an added vibrancy to the city centre.
He said: “It’s beautifully designed and provides another world-class public space to further complement the Peace Gardens, Charter Square and improvements taking place in Castlegate.
“Pound’s Park will provide a new focal point for families and will help improve both the physical and mental wellbeing of city centre visitors, workers and residents,” Cllr Iqbal added.
The park, the latest initiative as part of the council’s Heart of the City revamp, will be based between Rockingham Street, Wellington Street and Carver Street on the former fire station site.
The greenspace will provide an exclusive public place for leisure and exercise, whilst opening up a new site for large outdoor events
The construction plans for the park include a water play area, a climbing boulder and stalls for coffee and snacks.
Tony Shaw, Managing Director for Henry Boot Construction appointed to the project, expressed his delight over his local firm’s appointment to the project.
He said “With more people choosing to live and work in the city centre, we understand the pivotal role that public spaces and green landscaping play in enhancing wellbeing and sustainability.”