Kirkwall park transformation to establish a civic multi-use space
May 17 2021
A public park in Kirkwall is to be extensively remodelled to form an accessible multi-use space by Orkney Islands Council.
Landscape architects HarrisonStevens have been commissioned to oversee the transformation of Papdale East Park, which will include de-culverting a burn and introducing new opportunities for active travel.
In the process, the area of windswept grassland would be upgraded into a biodiverse attraction with mitigating stormwater management measures taken to limit persistent flooding.
In a design statement HarrisonStevens wrote: "De-culverting the burn and creating a more naturalistic channel shaping, with a range of gradients, rocky areas, grassy banks, and so forth, also provides a significant potential for biodiversity."
As part of this work, a new play area and amphitheatre will be formed with new planting providing shelter and habitat.
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