Kirkstall is set to benefit from a new pocket park – thanks to £20,000 worth of funding.
An area of land on the riverside near the Kirkstall Morrisons store at Kirkstall Valley Park will be used to create St Ann’s Mills Pocket Park.
Pocket parks are small areas of parkland accessible to the general public. Although they may be small in size, they can play a vital role in urban regeneration and provide much-needed areas of green space for local people to relax, play and socialise in and provide new habitats for wildlife.
Leeds City Council’s Inner West Community Committee has match-funded £10,000 received from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The Council will be working in partnership with both The Conservation Volunteers at Hollybush and Groundwork in the development of the site.
Chair of the Inner West Community Committee, Cllr Kevin Ritchie said he hoped the start of the new park would allow the community to make an even more ambitious bid for further funding in the future. He added:
“The Inner West Community Committee is dedicated to helping improve local environments for local people and always endeavours to support schemes like this. We believe that with our match-funding the Pocket Park in Kirkstall can really be made into a hugely positive asset for the community.”