As part our successful Towns Fund bid, the regeneration of the former Odeon site at Ashburner Street will soon begin. The space will be transformed into a new pocket park, open to everyone to enjoy, tying into the work being done Ashburner Street and Blackhorse Street.
The proposals for the former Odeon cinema site look to bring green open space into the heart of Bolton; providing a park which is open, accessible, and welcoming for the community and visitors. The park will include space for lawns, a performance area, paved space and seating and picnic tables.
The northern half of the park is a softer landscape with the southern half of the park featuring more hard paving, centred around a flexible open events space where stages could be brought in or facilities for temporary events such as food trucks or performance infrastructure.
The new public park is due to open later this year.
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Martyn Cox, said:
We’re doing a lot of investment in the town centre at the moment, in terms of housing and I want to ensure that the people we’re going to be providing accommodation for will have a nice green space to enjoy.
It appears that the former Odeon site was the perfect place for it and it will be one of the first parks we have built for the town centre for a long time.
The town centre needs an area like this and it’s exactly what the town needs to make it even more attractive.
There’s been a lot of negativity about the town centre but we’ve got a few things in the pipeline that we hope will improve the situation and make sure the people there have a space where they can go an enjoy themselves.
It’s a very positive thing and I’m looking forward to seeing it.