A new £2 million cycle route and footpath between Sheffield Station and Norfolk Park has been officially opened.
The Lord Mayor, Coun Peter Rippon, cut the ribbon to open the Green Link cycle route at the Cholera Monument in South Street Park.
The new route is the second phase of work to expand Sheaf Valley Park.
The first phase involved the creation of South Street Open Space – the new park and amphitheatre between the station and Park Hill.
Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield was among those who attended along with councillors and residents.
He said: “One of the things I am excited about is that we have this reputation for all this green space that we have in Sheffield but sometimes it’s a little unbalanced, so I think it is great that we have put this investment into this space behind the station and created a wonderful new resource there.”
Coun Pat Midgley, who represents the Manor Castle ward, added: “What we are doing is linking all the green spaces together around the city centre.
“You can now walk in the green spaces from here right the way out to the Derbyshire hills and I do not think there is any city in this land where you can do that.”
After the opening, a procession of cyclists, politicians and residents, accompanied by Dronfield Genquip Band and local majorettes, made its way down the new route to the amphitheatre to join the annual Sheaf Valley Festival.
Youngsters were also treated to a free Granelli’s ice cream, sponsored by Hadfield, Cawkwell and Davidson – the original architects of the Cholera Monument.
Toby Hyam, chairman of Friends of the Sheaf Valley, said it was a ‘fantastic boost’ for the area.
He added: “It will create a continuous open space with a path for pedestrians and cyclists running from Fitzwalter Road to Shrewsbury Road, through Clay Woods via the Cholera Monument and it will make it possible to walk or cycle between Norfolk Park and the railway station.”