FLOOD defences and a new park costing £680,000 have been unveiled on the edge of Sheffield city centre.
Work has now been completed on the project, involving land between Nursery Street and the River Don.
It aims to prevent a repeat of the Don overflowing during the 2007 disaster, which led to one of the inconic images of the flooding, when a wall of water flowed down the nearby Wicker.
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “The pocket park also incorporates the final part of the Sheffield Central Area Flood Protection Project, considerably reducing flood risk for the Wicker community which had such terrible experiences.
“Wherever possible, we design protection defences sensitively through combining them with parks and open spaces, green corridors or nature reserves so improve amenities and habitats.
“The Don is one of our hidden assets and the Nursery Street improvement is another important step in providing a more attractive setting.”
The park features stepped levels down to the river, and is designed to contain any overflow of the river.
The park and flood defences are being launched to coincide with the Riverlution Festival tomorrow and Sunday.
An official opening ceremony will take place at the site on Sunday with Lord Mayor, Coun John Campbell, who said: “This park is the first place in city centre where people can really get down to the riverside.
Nursery Street park and flood defences have been funded by the European Union, plus contributions from companies behind nearby developments and the council.
- The Riverlution Festival kicks off tomorrow from 11am at Kelham Island Museum with music, market stalls and a barbecue, plus kayaking sessions.
- On Sunday, the focus shifts to Nursery Street with the fun starting at 11am, including a raft race between local business teams at 11.30am.
- The official opening of the pocket park by Coun Campbell will follow at 1pm followed by a Gospel Choir concert, Japanese fly-fishing taster sessions, lantern-making workshops and street games and sports, with a DJ stage.
- Between 7 and 8pm a river of lanterns and pyrotechnics will light up the pocket park and river to round off the weekend.
- Fringe events include the chance to volunteer with the Blue Loop Troop river conserationists on Wednesday, a ‘Paddle in the Dark’ organised by the Kayak Club and a Discovery Trail with Sheffield Wildlife Trust at Salmon Pastures on Thursday.
- A Digital Trail from Victoria Quays to Tinsley Locks explores the Port of Sheffield throughout the week.
- Visit www.riverlution.org.uk for more details about the events programme.