Eastside City Park goes Public!

By on 14/03/2013 in Leader, News

11:45am until 3:00pm
Saturday 16 March, 2013

Eastside City Park, the first major new city centre park in Birmingham for more than 130 years, launches in style on Saturday as the first public event takes place in the Park.

At 1:00pm The Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Anita Ward, and the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Sir Albert Bore, will perform the official unveiling, followed by entertainment provided by students from the Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) and exciting family activities courtesy of partner organisations including Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Thinktank, and Birmingham City Council Park Rangers. The Thinktank Science Garden will also be open to visitors.

A key project promoted by the Big City Plan and the Eastside Masterplan, the Park was designed by internationally renowned practice Patel Taylor, the £11.74 million park adds 2.73 hectares (6.75 acres) of green space to the city centre, extending from Park Street Gardens, past Millennium Point to Cardigan Street.

Councillor Sir Albert Bore, the Leader of Birmingham City Council, said, “In 1999 I launched Eastside as a major regeneration project. At the heart of the vision was the creation of a park. I believe that we have now created something special for the people of Birmingham that exceeds our expectations”.

Professor Cliff Allan, Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University, said: “The City Park is an important facility for the Eastside development but also the rest of the city. It is particularly exciting for Birmingham City University.
“The University is making an ambitious £125 million investment at Eastside. This builds on our existing technology provision at Millennium Point and includes a new landmark building to house our world-class design and media provision. The new City Park provides superb open space which fully integrates our flagship buildings with the rest of this fast-changing district - it will transform the area and help bring forward our shared vision.”

In partnership with Eastside partners, the University is currently supporting ways to maximise the park's potential and community engagement.

Gaynor Cheshire, Principal at BOA said: “We are delighted that Birmingham's first new urban park is on our doorstep and are keen to help support its events as we believe it will be a great benefit to both our students and the surrounding area. I'm really proud that our students will be performing and compering the live acts this Saturday, particularly as this experience will help them to achieve their Arts Awards Gold, as part of BOA's Event Management course”.

Philip Singleton, CEO at Millennium Point said, “The landscape around us has changed dramatically over the past 18 months and the development of Eastside City Park brings a wealth of opportunities and new visitors to this side of the city. We are delighted to be supporting the very first public event to take place in the park - and hope it is the first of many that the people of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region can enjoy”.

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Notes to editors

The performances and activities will take place in the event space between New Canal Street and Grosvenor Street, outside Millennium Point.

In the event of bad weather, the entertainment and activities will take place in The Atrium at Millennium Point.

BOA is a brand new academy for the creative, digital and performing arts. Located in the heart of Birmingham, BOA is a regional academy admitting students not only from Birmingham, but also the surrounding metropolitan boroughs and wider West Midlands region including Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

BOA is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust, Birmingham City University and partnered with Maverick TV and the BRIT School. The academy is located in a brand new £25 million state-of-the-art building, which is located next to Millennium Point, geographically placed in an area at the hub of the digital and creative industries. It has superb facilities for academic, vocational and extra-curricular activities. BOA is a free to attend academy, but the students are selected through attending aptitude workshops.

For more information contact Steve McCarthy, Birmingham City Council Press Office on 0121 303 3367

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