Wednesday 18th October 2017
SITE TOUR: VALE PARK AND NEW BRIGHTON PROMENADE
This will be a guided tour along the New Brighton Promenade to the historic Vale Park. This will include recent public realm improvements, the areas rich heritage and, importantly, the role of the local New Brighton community in place-making. The promenade has stunning views up the Mersey estuary flanked by Wallasey on one side and Liverpool on the other.
New Brighton Promenade and Vale Park
In the early 19th Century the land that is now Vale Park was formerly part of an estate called Liscard Vale – hence the park’s name. Vale Park opened in 1899 paid for by (then) Wallasey District Council to provide a ‘lung’ or breathing space for the area’s increased population.
The tour route will also pass the former site of New Brighton’s one-time Victorian tower which had been fashioned on the Eiffel Tower in Paris and (at 621 feet) was taller than the still famous Blackpool Tower (548 feet). The tower was demolished in 1921 and the site is now another local green space – Tower Grounds.