This is what a new public park including a “performance space” will look like

A new public park with a ‘performance space’ is set to be built in Bolton town centre.

Images of what the new park could look like, on the former site of the Odeon cinema on Ashburner Street and Blackhorse Street, were released by Bolton Council this week.

The transformation of the derelict area, close to the town’s market hall and the recently approved Moor Lane housing estate site, is part of the ‘Cities Fund’ grants given to the authority by the central government.

A design and access report in support of the plans, said: ‘The proposals for the former site of the Odeon cinema seek to bring green space to the heart of Bolton; provide an open, accessible and welcoming park for the community and visitors.

The park will be funded by funds from the Towns Fund government

“The park will provide greenspace linked to an improvement to Ashburner Street, providing an open and complementary frontage to that street, as well as to Blackhorse Street and Back Spring Gardens.

“Park boundaries are generally open with a planted frontage between the street and the park to provide a soft border.

“The park takes inspiration from the site’s history as a former Odeon cinema, reusing red brick and steel beam elements from the old building and keeping them in the design.”

The report says the park will provide a mix of flexible open space with lawns, a performance area and paved space with seating and picnic tables.

The northern half of the park will have a softer landscape while the southern half of the park will feature harder paving, centered around an open event space where stages or food trucks could be brought in for temporary events such as music or theater performances or food fairs.

The park will include space for shows and events

Surrounding the event space will be seating areas to form a picnic and gathering area and benches for events and performances.

The planning documents added that subject to the granting of planning permission, it was expected to deliver the project by September 2022.

In 2021, Bolton Council successfully secured funding for the Public Realm and Connections Project, as part of its wider application for a Towns Fund grant for five regeneration projects in the central civic and cultural district. city.

The park is expected to be the first project completed under this funding.