A park in the centre of Bristol is set for major improvements following a multi-million pound funding boost in the city.
Bristol City Council is to overhaul Castle Park with improvements to safety, connectivity and new seating.
Local people, businesses and organisations will be consulted on the plans for the much loved city centre green space.
The work is being funded as part of a £24.5 million investment programme in the city.
Proposals for the money, from Bristol’s strategic Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), to go towards the growth and regeneration of Bristol over the next five years were included in the budget approved at the full Bristol City Council.
The Castle Park modernisation would also include the revamping of biodiversity and landscaping of one of the city’s most iconic green spaces.
A masterplan of options will be put together this year before a formal consultation starts later in the year.
Castle Park – one of the city’s most historical sites – is home to the Grade II listed St Peter’s Church and remains of Bristol Castle’s keep, walls and vaults.
It is also an important route into the city for cyclists and walkers.
Councillor Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for City Design and Spatial Planning, said: “The success of the city centre is a priority for us after it has been hit so hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We’ve all cherished our green spaces more than ever during 2020 and this funded plan will create a Castle Park for the whole city and an increasing number of local residents.
“There are a number of projects in the early stages of development in our city centre and we know there is going to be changes to this part of the city.
“But by using a funding pot called Strategic CIL we can get on with designing an improved Castle Park and don’t have to wait for any of the surrounding developments
“The bottom line is that we want to create a Castle Park that everyone in Bristol can enjoy and be proud of.”