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Manchester's first city centre park in over 100 years is set to open to the public this week. Over the last eighteen months, the derelict space next to Piccadilly Station has been transformed into Mayfield Park, a stunning, accessible and varied green space for everyone to enjoy. The planning, design and delivery of the park has been in the works for over six years, with it receiving GBP23m of investment from the government's Getting Building Fund in 2020.

This investment, delivered through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), is part of the Government's strategy to support 'shovel ready' schemes that will help to drive economic recovery following the Covid pandemic.

Martin Moss And this Thursday (September 22nd), Mayfield Park's main entrance on Baring Street will officially open to the public. The park will then be open seven days a week from dawn until dusk, providing local residents, visitors and communities across Manchester with a 'city centre oasis of green space and beautifully landscaped river walkways'.

Martyn Evans, Creative Director at U+I, the regeneration company leading the Mayfield development on behalf of the Mayfield Partnership, described the opening as a 'momentous day for Mayfield and for Manchester'. He said: "The greatest cities in the world offer a true blend of amazing culture, great architecture and green space. Manchester is one such city and Mayfield Park adds a significant piece of new, family-friendly, inclusive green space to the city centre.

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"It's been a true team effort with our project team and our partners at Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and LCR working closely with local building contractors PP O'Connor to deliver the park. "We are incredibly proud of what we've achieved and we're excited to welcome our first visitors on 22nd September." The leader of Manchester City Council, Cllr Bev Craig, added: "It's with excitement then that we can look ahead to the official opening of the city centre's first public park in 100 years later this week.

"We know the massive health and well-being benefits that green spaces can have for our residents and increasing access to parks for our residents is a key priority for us. Mayfield will be a 6.5 acre oasis at the heart of our city.

Mayfield Park "Green investment is fundamental to our wider ambitions to improve air quality and underpins our work to strengthen Manchester's resilience to climate change.

"Mayfield is a park first and foremost, but it is also a statement that development in the city can and should celebrate green spaces to become a focal point in our communities. "Importantly, Mayfield also represents a significant economic boost for Manchester. The partnership has shopped local when procuring contractors to make sure that employment opportunities have benefited local companies and local people first.

"During the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, it's this type of development that provides the jobs that our residents need - and makes sure Manchester people continue to share in the success of our city."

Mayfield Park will open to the public on Thursday September 22nd at 12:30pm.

For more information, visit the Mayfield website.