Shrewsbury has a new attraction for residents and visitors this summer – a “pocket park” which has been created to make the most of a traffic-free part of the town.

The park is in Shoplatch – complete with artificial turf, deckchairs and white picket fences – and is designed to encourage people to spend more time in the town centre.

It’s all part of a campaign by Shrewsbury BID to take advantage of essential gas repair work which started in High Street from May 20.

Businesses in Shoplatch, Shrewsbury Market Hall, Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Centre have all been involved to help bring the project to life.

The idea is for informal events, music and other activities to take place in the park – replacing the busy through traffic which usually use the road.

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, said: “It has been a real team effort and we think the pocket park looks great.

“Business owners have been really positive about getting involved and we hope it helps to create a positive impression that Shrewsbury is very much open for business.

“Essential roadworks like this which involve road closures will inevitably cause some inconvenience, so we are really keen to give people even more reasons to visit Shrewsbury.

“The park officially opened on Tuesday (May 21) and we are looking forward to seeing plenty of people enjoying the space over the coming weeks and months.”

If you are a business that would like to get involved with the park, find out more here. For more information about what will be happening in the park during May and June, visit www.originalshrewsbury.co.uk

Picture courtesy of the Shropshire Star – read their article here.