The transformation of Bradford city centre to create the Mirror Pool and City Park is a high-quality, six-acre public space in the heart of Bradford which contains the largest man-made water feature in any UK city.
A grand opening was held in March 2012 and attended by tens of thousands of people.
City Park provides a superb landscape comprising fountains, trees and attractive green spaces making an ideal environment for walking, relaxing and quiet contemplation. It is a critical part of Bradford’s regeneration and has been designed to bring jobs and prosperity to Bradford by attracting visitors and businesses into the district and helping to create the landscape for future investment.
City Park’s 4,000sq m mirror pool features more than 100 fountains, including the tallest in any UK city at 30m (100ft), laser light projectors and mist effects. This unique feature reflects and showcases the Grade 1-listed City Hall and sets Bradford apart. City Park, and the mirror pool in particular, is an adaptable environment which is capable of holding events such as carnivals, markets, theatre productions, screenings and community festivals.
The six-acre City Park (similar in size to two football pitches) is the realisation of an ambition for a major tourist attraction and events space showpiece “park in the city”, funded by Bradford Council, Yorkshire Forward and the Regional Transport Board. It will boast the largest city centre water feature in the UK, with around 100 fountains the park will transform the area and aims to attract investment to the city centre.
Councillor David Green, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “Creating an attractive city centre is vital in increasing our potential as a great place to invest, live, work and visit. It’s crucial that we maintain our momentum on this and other regeneration projects during the recession, so the city is ready for the upturn in the economy.”
This will further compliment the area which already boasts some of the city’s finest restaurants, The Alhambra Theatre and The National Media Museum, as well as the new Jurys Inn Hotel and new headquarters for Provident Finance.