What might a new public space on Castle Car Park look like?
In the Open Brief we developed in the summer people want to be able to:
- Come together
- Attend large scale events (music, theatre, fairs)
- Use the Eye of York as a place of political protest
- Commemorate and remember, especially the 1190 massacre of York’s Jewish Community
- Sit down and enjoy the views in lots of different places in the area, including views of the Ouse and the Foss
- Have spaces where it is possible to reflect, think and remember
- To see interesting things: art, fountains, wildlife, trees
- To eat and drink, whether sitting on the ground with a picnic or at cafes/restaurants.
- To linger with no pressure to buy anything
- Make the back of the Coppergate centre look better
- Be there at night as well as during the day and all year round
Now here’s the first glimpse of what the future might look in one of the most talked-about parts of the Castle Gateway area: the car park and Eye of York.
It gives you an idea of what a new, big, open public space for the city centre, surrounding some of our most important historical and cultural sites, might look like. It opens up the views of the Foss, has a new restaurant and apartment building to cover over the service entrance of the Coppergate Centre, and proposes a potential new extension for the Castle Museum.
But this this indication of a possible future, is not the end. Really it’s the beginning. If the Executive pass the visions and give the go ahead for the council to move head we need to start working together to develop a more detail brief for the area.
We got a few events in the calendar to help with think about public spaces in general – all of which will help seed discussions for after the Executive in April.