PORT Sunlight's new multi-million pound public park will be officially opened this afternoon.
The former landfill site has been re-developed, at a cost of £2.3m, by the Land Trust, and will be opened during a ceremony that starts at 1.30pm.
It now features wildflower meadows, grasslands and picturesque views of Liverpool’s skyline. The 28-hectare park is set to become a haven for families and dog walkers.
The site was used for landfill from 1991 to 2006 and is owned by waste management firm, Biffa.
More than 12,000 trees have been planted on the land that was once home to Bromborough Dock, with drainage work, viewing areas and soon-to-be-installed park benches all helping to create a spot that is sure to prove popular with Wirral’s walkers.
As part of the improvements, the Land Trust have also laid down a new road surface on Dock Road North, which will offer a smoother approach for visitors and will also offer additional parking.
Among those attending this afternoon's opening is Wirral South MP Alison McGovern, who said: "The public can finally enjoy this new public space which has been transformed from a dock landfill site into a stunning new park.
"The views over to Liverpool make this park quite special and I hope that people will get a lot of pleasure from it in future years. I’d like to thank all involved in getting us to this point.
"I have received a lot of interest from local residents who have been enquiring about the park so I know that people are looking forward to being able to make use of it."
Developments will continue once Port Sunlight River Park opens, with a ranger’s office and public toilets all part of future plans.
Additional land previously owned by Unilever has also been taken on by the Land Trust which means that once fully developed, the park will be an impressive 25 hectares.
Alison McGovern continued: "I am hoping this park will show off the area to tourists and contribute to Wirral South’s cultural offer but also I really hope that above all local people will find much enjoyment from it."