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Project name: Openshaw Park

Location: East Manchester

Client: Manchester City Council

Completed: 2002

Value: £700,000

Manchester City Council and New Deal for Communities, appointed Landscape Projects for a project situated in the heart of New East Manchester, representing one of a number of initiatives to tackle depopulation and the fragmentation of communities. Landscape Projects worked with the Openshaw Park Residents Group to establish a park masterplan framework that would take a well-established but neglected recreation ground, and turn it into a community focal point. The masterplan was implemented and the design included new play facilities, meeting spaces, community art, a football pitch and boundary improvements and planting.

The park masterplan identified a series of phase 1 works, for which funding was successfully sought. The phase 1 works, comprising perimeter railings, play area and pathway installation, has established a manageable and popular park; the residents group developed detailed proposals for phase 2 works, including gardens and artworks.