29 August 2014

A new ‘green link’ will be officially opened next Saturday (6 September) to provide a cycle and footpath from the Norfolk Park area into the city centre.

This is the second phase of the Sheaf Valley Park – a major project to create a new park and green route from a series of unconnected public spaces on the east slopes of the Sheaf Valley. It follows the creation of South Street Park to the east of the railway station. This includes a new amphitheatre, tree and wildflower planting and the new Steel Steps provide a safer pedestrian route to the station and tram stop.

The new park has now been extended up to the Cholera Monument and through Clay Wood to a new entrance on Fitzwalter Road.as well as to the tram bridge at Park Square roundabout at the north end of the park. It continues the same style as phase 1 with meadow planting and dry-stone walls, and both the new routes can be used by cyclists and pedestrians.

Cllr Isobel Bowler, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure said: “It is exciting to see the Sheaf Valley Park Masterplan taking shape, as it will not only provide a valuable recreational resource for this area of the city, but also eventually link the Norfolk Park area to the city centre to become an important ‘green corridor’ through the city.

“It is intended that the green links will eventually extend to the old canal basin at Victoria Quays and we hope to create a City Arboretum in the future to showcase a range of interesting and unusual trees.

“We have organised a ‘wheeled cavalcade’ to celebrate the completion of this stage of the project and this coincides with the Sheaf Valley Festival in the amphitheatre, so it will be a wonderful fun day out for all the family.”

The Friends of Sheaf Valley Park are holding the annual Sheaf Valley Festival on Saturday. It will begin when the ‘wheeled cavalcade’ reaches the amphitheatre and continue throughout the afternoon.

The official opening will be carried out by Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Peter Rippon and local MP Paul Blomfield at 11.45am on Saturday 6 September, followed by a ‘wheeled cavalcade’ down the new path to the amphitheatre. The procession will be led by a brass band and majorettes, and everyone is invited to join in on bicycles, tricycles, scooters, roller skates and skateboards or on foot.

This phase of the project has been funded by over £1 million of Government funding from the New Homes Bonus and has been carried out by North Midlands Construction, who won the competitive tender.

The scheme will make the area more accessible and attractive for residents and to encourage house building in the area, particularly on the former Claywood Flats site.

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