Stadt Moers Park (the name comes from Knowsley’s twin town of Moers in Germany) was formed from 1983 onwards when the local authority reclaimed the landfilled site (that had itself been built on a former brickworks). The park had poor public access, was essentially fragmented into four disconnected quarters by the railway line and M57 motorway and was generally under utilised and under valued by local people.
The trackbed of the former Knowsley Mineral Line provided an existing, but little used underpass of the M57. There was also a disused pedestrian subway under the railway line. Sustrans helped to build a new high quality, landscaped greenway connecting these features to create an attractive trafficfree route between the pond, playground and open spaces in the park. Local stakeholders were involved to ensure that the new route created an attractive ambiance; design tweaks such as removing a redundant lakeside fence, curving a pathway through mature trees and encasing the remaining section of rails in resin, ensured that the local heritage and ecology were embraced in the project.
The sweeping path connects three quarters of the park into one unified whole. People are using the greenway route to go through to the park to access local schools, jobs and shops, and are also making more use of the park as a destination in it’s own right. The park has become busier and the Friends of Stadt Moers Park are finding it easier to get support for further planned improvements (e.g. a café, a bike hire centre, more seating and more gateway features).