17th Jan, 2021

New play area in city centre ahead of Coventry's culture year

TEN-YEAR-OLD Logan Lloyd was officially the first child in Coventry to play in a new city centre park – now open ahead of the City of Culture 2021.

The children’s play area includes bespoke Terrazzo furniture by Studio Morison and a firework-inspired water feature with night lighting designed by Fountain Workshop is outside £36.7million waterpark The Wave.

A new resin bound gravel surface has been laid while picnic benches, cycle hoops, fencing and lighting with distinctive tri-columns have been installed in front of the Christchurch Spire.

Nick Abell, chair of the CWLEP, said: “The public realm programme has really improved the appearance of this part of the city centre for young and old visitors.

“This is one of the key arrival points from Coventry Railway Station when the city welcomes visitors from across the UK and the world during its 12 months as UK City of Culture.

“It is a great facility for youngsters to enjoy the play area and water feature while adults will appreciate the improved landscape.

“The Local Growth Fund was established to finance projects such as this and it will help to revitalise Coventry city centre.”

The play area is part of a £2.7 million regeneration scheme for the Bull Yard area, including £1.5 million from Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) with the remainder from the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Coun Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs and regeneration at Coventry City Council and CWLEP board director, said: “This area looks completely different to how it used to. It’s lighter, brighter and greener – all things that we want the city centre to be.”

“It’s a space that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you’re stopping to eat at benches, a family enjoying the play area, stopping to admire the water feature or just passing through, it’s a warm welcome to the city centre!”

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