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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:08 AM   #201
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Give em something worth valuing and people will value it. There is always a transtitional period...a lag, where vandalism continues. But this does fade over time. Peer presure begins to assert itself, as well as an increased level of informal policing from other people using places more. This presents less chance for vandalism to occur and they simply either move on or stop.

I wouldn't worry about this place. It will be staffed every day and will only be open during daylight hours anyway. This will become a greatly used facility, even more so when the adjacent homes are built.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 02:06 PM   #202
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Some snaps from this morning. Looking much further along now. The entrance is coming along brilliantly.





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Old February 26th, 2011, 02:53 PM   #203
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Looks really promising. Ta Bugged.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 06:24 PM   #204
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I'm really looking forward to going to the new park,I love it on the promenade anyway so this just gives it an extra dimension and another reason to go there on a Summer's Day.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 01:58 AM   #205
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I never got to go to the original gardens (I'm 20) and I've not been to Otterspool since I was a kid! Can't wait to go here in the summer though!
Can you walk down directly from St Michaels station?
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Old February 27th, 2011, 03:01 AM   #206
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Yes you can.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 04:40 PM   #207
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I never got to go to the original gardens (I'm 20) and I've not been to Otterspool since I was a kid! Can't wait to go here in the summer though!
Can you walk down directly from St Michaels station?
You can also get to Otterspool promenade from Aigburth station - closer than St Michael's, but then a walk along the promenade to the new park - 10/15 mins or so! A nice walk though!
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Old February 28th, 2011, 01:48 AM   #208
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Thanks Jane, I think I'll do that... sounds nice
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Old March 9th, 2011, 03:13 PM   #209
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JAPANESE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT ARRIVES IN LIVERPOOL TO OVERSEE THE COMPLETION OF LIVERPOOL’S FESTIVAL GARDENS’ ‘JAPANESE GARDEN’
09 March 2011

A leading Japanese landscape architect is this week visiting Liverpool’s Festival Gardens to help complete the restoration of one of its key features, The Japanese Garden.

Mr Izawa, who works in Japan for Hakone Ueki, the company who originally created the Japanese Garden for the International Garden Festival in 1984, has arrived in Liverpool to spend one week working with the restoration team to ensure it represents a genuine and authentic Japanese Garden.

Mr Izawa’s visit coincides with the arrival of three Japanese lanterns and a `Tsukubai` water basin, which were made in Tokyo, and will be placed in the garden by the landscape architect.

This is Mr Izawa’s second visit to the Festival Gardens site since restoration work began 12 months ago. His visit, which has been arranged by the site owners Langtree, the restoration contractor Mayfield, and the Japanese Society North West, provides an opportunity for the city to re-establish the link between the Japanese Garden and its original designer Mr Ohira, who is now in his 80s, and a colleague of Mr Izawa.

The original garden was a bequest to the people of Liverpool by the Japanese Government once the International Garden Festival closed its doors in October 1984, but it subsequently fell victim to vandalism and neglect.

Mr Izawa said: “The team have done a fantastic job since I was last here. The restoration is really taking shape and I’m pleased to see how sympathetic the work is to a garden we would create in Japan.

“It is important Japanese Gardens are formed adhering to our strict design values and that they often reflect formations which occur in the natural world.

“Liverpool’s Japanese Garden is being delivered with great care and attention to detail, making it one of the most genuine Japanese Gardens in the world.”

John Downes, managing director at Langtree, said: “In many ways, the Japanese Garden was the jewel in the crown of the International Garden Festival site, and it was our vision to replicate this through the restoration.

“The Garden was very badly vandalised in the 1990s and its ‘Azumaya,’ which is a rest house, was burnt to the ground. With the help of Mr Izawa, this was redesigned and re-built to form the focus of the Japanese Garden and we’re delighted with the results.”

Richard Tracey, head of environmental quality at the NWDA, said: “I am delighted with the progress being made on the Festival Gardens site – the Japense Garden will be a real focal point, providing an important leisure resource for local residents and a key to reinvigorating the site to attract international visitors. Its completion is a pivitol moment in the long-term regeneration of this part of Liverpool.”

The restoration of the Festival Gardens is being delivered by landowner, Langtree and has been made possible by a £3.7m grant from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). The ongoing long term management of the site, which will open to the public in spring 2011, will be delivered by Groundwork Merseyside working in association with the Land Trust.

Planning permission was granted in July 2008 for the restoration of the gardens and th development of residential elements of the project following a lengthy process which included a full public enquiry.

Details of the restoration can be found on the new Festival Gardens website at www.festivalgardens.com.
Source: Northwest Regional Development Agency
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Old March 12th, 2011, 10:47 AM   #210
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More progress shots from this morning.

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I'm getting quite excited by this now. It is looking brilliant.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 11:41 AM   #211
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This is starting to look absolutley fantastic. I can see this becoming one of the most desirable addresses in Liverpool, if the build quality of the housing is decent.
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I agree. The naysayers will eat their words when this place is done.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 11:52 AM   #213
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Agree absolutely, looking forward to having a good nose round what looks like a first rate development.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 12:02 PM   #214
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Exactly the kind of development that IS needed in this city. Wide open spaces and appropriate housing (i.e. not rabbit hutch flats set in concrete or flagged grounds) for Liverpool families and couples.

I would be genuinely interested in upping sticks and moving here if I had the money available in a couple of years.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 12:44 PM   #215
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This is a very important development - something quite special for the city. Imagine taking visitors here on a fine day, and then emerging onto the promenade?

I think I remember there being talk of a cafe - I hope so. San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has a Japanese Garden, and also a Japanese tea-house - quite special!! Something a little different to the normal park cafe would be great.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 02:44 PM   #216
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This is a very important development - something quite special for the city. Imagine taking visitors here on a fine day, and then emerging onto the promenade?
These were my thoughts exactly,what a positive impression that would leave,I'll make full use of this when it opens.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 05:50 PM   #217
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it looks fantastic
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Old March 13th, 2011, 10:07 AM   #218
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would like to visit soon
once this is open, let`s hope that the council, lottery funds, voluntaries, corporations, even banks, finance the redevelopment of the rest of the city`s great victorian parks
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Old March 26th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #219
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From the other day. The car park and lighting columns are looking near completion. They also look to be obscuring the fencing from within the park by lining them with trees. I initially thought they were just stacked there, but they have been planted.



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Old March 28th, 2011, 02:07 PM   #220
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Videos of the park before redevelopment - the music is a bit over the top - you'd think they were trying to portray the aftermath of a nuclear was rather than a neglected garden festival site:

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