Kingston First and Kingston Council are leading on a public realm initiative to “create inclusive happy spaces” within the town centre for local residents, visitors and business community to unwind, enjoy and connect with nature.
Kingston based landscape architects Davies White Ltd and The Edible Bus Stop design studio have been appointed to lead on the engagement and design to transform Eagle Brewery Wharf on Kingston’s riverside and Memorial Gardens in the centre of the town into green spaces that improve the pedestrian flow around the town, encourage wellbeing, social and cultural activities and acknowledge their historical significance.
The strategy sets out a blueprint for how public spaces could be invested in to improve the experience of Kingston, encourage more people to move around all parts of the town and ensure that the town’s culture, heritage and riverside assets continue to be developed.
“If Covid has taught us anything, it is how precious our green and open spaces are to the whole community so I hope we hear from as many voices as possible. These spaces are for everyone, so we want everyone’s input.” – Cllr Caroline Kerr, Leader of Kingston Council
Members of the public, community groups, residents and local businesses are invited to share their views on how to shape these spaces through a blended mix of online and Covid-19 safe in-person events starting in February until April 2021. Following engagement and feedback, the final design ideas will be available online and exhibited in the spaces by the end of June 2021.
The first online engagement session for the public will be held on Monday 1 March between 6 – 7pm. To sign-up, please send an email to email@example.com.
“Wellbeing is more important than ever and we want to bring that feeling of happiness to the people who work, live and play in our town centre. Two unique and significant spaces in Kingston will be transformed for everyone to enjoy whilst retaining their historical and community importance.” – Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive Kingston First