Campaigners in Liverpool, England, have been successful in their first attempt to transform a derelict flyover into an urban sky park. Campaign group, Friends of the Flyover received over £40,000 in public donations using Spacehive, the world’s first crowd-funding website for civic projects. The urban sky park will be a space for arts events, markets, cafes, shops and community gardening initiatives.
The campaign group Friends of the Flyover was formed by independent retailer Kate Stewart, designer Steve Threlfall and architect Mark Bennet, in response to a strategic investment document published by Liverpool City Council, which proposed the demolition of the flyover. The project aims to reconnect the existing residential communities in north Liverpool with the city while offering a unique opportunity for urban regeneration.
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Today more than two thirds of Europeans live in towns and cities. Urban areas concentrate most of the environmental challenges facing our society but also have the capacity to bring together commitment and innovation to resolve them. Projects such as the urban sky park are a great example of how citizens can contribute towards a more sustainable future within cities.
This article first appeared on Environment | European Green Capital website.