New pop up park launched in Leeds city centre

Meghan and Bethanie Senior from Farsley, enjoy the new pop-up park in Cookridge Street. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Meghan and Bethanie Senior from Farsley, enjoy the new pop-up park in Cookridge Street. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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The latest addition to outdoor spaces in Leeds has been welcomed, after a new pop-up park was officially opened.

The temporary outdoor space, on Cookridge Street in the city centre, has been launched by Leeds City Council, with the aim of creating a new relaxing summer space.

The park opened yesterday and will be open for four weeks.

Drivers are being warned to expect delays, with the lower-part of Cookridge Street closed to traffic until September 4 - the day the space closes.

But members of the public yesterday welcomed the urban beauty spot, which comes complete with benches, outdoor plants, artificial turf, deck-chairs and a refreshment stand.”

Tummaia Venkat, from Roundhay, who was out shopping at the time of its opening, said: “If I had the time today, I would definitely use the space as somewhere to sit down and enjoy the weather.

“I will be coming back another day.”

Ian Carr, a bus driver from Morley, was impressed.

He welcomed the new space, saying: “It is a great place to relax and read my book.

“I will be making the most of it until September 4.”

The park follows the recent installation of a temporary playground in St John’s Churchyard, off Briggate.

Coun Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The pop-up park on Cookridge Street and the new playscape at St John’s bring some extra temporary greenspace to Leeds city centre.”

She added: “We hope that as well as being relaxing places for shoppers and office workers, they will also be a place that children and families can enjoy. Innovative, short-term projects like this can have a real impact for those who visit, work and live in the city centre and can create places where people can come together and appreciate what Leeds has to offer.”

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