Manchester’s newest park opens with celebratory event

Staff, students, visitors and members of the local community have attended a celebratory health and wellbeing event marking the official opening of Brunswick Park at the heart of The University of Manchester’s campus.

The event began with an official tree planting ceremony by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor and was followed by live jazz performances, a choir and a range of free health and wellbeing taster sessions.

The free activities were complemented with refreshments and visitors were provided with information on The University of Manchester’s approach to sustainability and wellbeing from stands hosted by staff.

Located off Oxford Road opposite the Whitworth Hall, Brunswick Park is the largest green space on campus and includes seating areas, tree, shrub and wildflower planting and pedestrian/cycle paths. The parkland was created on the site of the former Brunswick Street to benefit staff, students, visitors and the local community, and is a central part of the University’s Campus Masterplan vision.

Diana Hampson, Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “Brunswick Park is a fantastic new asset, creating a heart of the campus for everyone to enjoy. We were proud to welcome staff and members of the local community to this event to celebrate our new green space and public realm.”

To mark the parkland’s official opening, the University arranged a series of free outdoor taster sessions throughout the afternoon. Activities on offer included Tai Chi, yoga, street dance, yogalates, Zumba, hoops and cardio-blast.

The park was completed thanks to the generosity of Manchester alumnus and supporter Sam Chan, who made a transformational £1 million gift towards the project.

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