Green Square, the new focal point on Long Causeway in Peterborough city centre, was officially opened today (Tuesday 15 December).
The square is the central feature of the £2 million Long Causeway scheme, the latest phase of the council's public realm works to transform the city centre.
It features a granite floor design celebrating the works of local poet John Clare, surrounded by benches engraved with poems written by local schoolchildren and decorative marker posts.
The overall regeneration project has installed new paving, seating, trees with uplighting and cycle parking on Long Causeway.
Guests included the Deputy Mayor, cabinet members and ward councillors. Also in attendance were members of the community that have played a role in the new look for the area, including Castor CE Primary School and representatives from the John Clare Trust.
Councillor John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "The public realm works we've completed are already encouraging people to spend more time in the city centre. The greater our visitor numbers, the stronger the appeal to new businesses and shops, which in turn will further strengthen our city.
"The secret to success for a city centre is to offer great days and evenings out, in a pleasant environment. We have made great strides in recent years and it’s exciting to see this progress continue."
Councillor Nigel North, cabinet member for communities and environment capital, added: "This attractive square is the result of a great community effort. It's really rewarding to see how the work of our local schoolchildren have helped the square reflect our community and culture.
"The words from John Clare and the floor artwork bring in some of the city's heritage which, together with the benches, marker posts and trees will encourage people to spend more time enjoying this piece of public space."
Alongside Castor Primary the schools that contributed poetry for the benches in Green Square are Thorpe Primary School, Newark Hill Academy.
The project was delivered by Peterborough Highway Services, the principal contractor was Eurovia and the artistic elements were designed by Broadbent Studios. The main feature and paving were supplied by Marshalls and benches by Furnitubes.