The Peel Group and Peel Ports has assisted The Hamilton Davies Trust in creating an enchanting and quirky park after gifting its land to the charity which supports local people.
The Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith has now opened Station Park in Irlam, an ambitious and exciting project transforming an overgrown embankment into an accessible an attractive green space.
Gifted by the Peel Group and Peel Ports, Station Park will not only improve the aesthetics of the area, it will also provide another green space for local people to enjoy. It features a mid-level tranquil seating area where people can relax and watch the world go by with a unique and different view of the district.
Peel Land and Property’s Director of Land and Planning, Louise Morrissey, joined Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, Chairman of Hamilton Davies Trust, Neil McArthur, and over 150 guests, to declare the park open.
Louise Morrissey said: “It was a pleasure to be a part of the opening at Station Park and inspiring to see the amazing work that has been carried out by Hamilton Davies Trust. As an ambitious regeneration business, we take pride in facilitating projects such as this in Irlam.”
Other attributes include landscaping and creative 3D artwork, which pay homage to the areas rich heritage and include sculptures, a Hobbit-style house and other enjoyable surprises. A safe off-road pathway leads up to the seating area, making it accessible to pedestrians, wheelchair users, pushchairs and cyclists.
Hamilton Davies Trust Chairman, Neil McArthur said: “We were determined to brighten up this area with something different and Station Park is definitely that. It offers a creative new green space and complements our recent renovation of the adjacent bridges which are illuminated with multi-coloured lights and artwork.”
As part of the event, Hamilton Davies Trust included a cycle ride from MediaCityUK to Irlam Station to promote cycling as an alternative to driving. The ride was supported by British Cycling and double World Champion Paralympian cyclist, Jon Gildea, who took part.
Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett said: “It is absolutely fantastic that this has been made possible and a public congratulations goes out to all those who made it happen.”
The idea for Station Park, was born from Neil McArthur who is passionate about regenerating his home towns of Irlam and Cadishead and has done a number of large projects in the area, including the transformation of Irlam Station House and the I C Art programme that has produced many public artworks across the area.
Station Park is located at the junction of Station Road and Liverpool Road, Irlam.