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Report - Garden festival/pleasure island,Liverpool 22/1/10


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The International Garden Festival was held in Liverpool, England from 2 May 1984 to 14 October 1984. It was the first such event held in Britain, and became the model for several others held during the 1980s and early 1990s. The aim was to revitalise tourism and the city of Liverpool which had been in decline.The festival was hugely popular, attracting 3,380,000 visitors.
It was held on a 950,000 square metre derelict industrial site south of Herculaneum Dock, near the Dingle and overlooking the River Mersey. On this site was built sixty individual gardens, including a Japanese garden and pagodas. A large glass dome, the Festival Hall, formed the centrepiece of the site and housed numerous indoor exhibits.
Since the festival closed, the site has passed through the hands of a series of developers. From the late 1980s until its closure in 1996, the Festival Hall was used as the Pleasure Island amusement park.Half of the site has since been turned into residential housing. The Festival Hall dome was demolished in late 2006.
In September 2009 it was announced that work would begin on redeveloping the site in November 2009, after the city council gave permission for work to begin.[7] The redevelopment will see the Chinese and Japanese gardens being restored, as well as the lakes and associated watercourses and the woodland sculpture trails.
Langtree have also announced that they still intend to build the 1300 planned homes on the site "as soon as the market conditions allow"
Visited the site with Georgie(thanks m8:thumb)
the sitemap

the cafe has recently been fire damaged

inside the cafe

the dragon slide


the remains of a toilet block


the Coliseum



remains of the go kart track

go kart seating area


site of the demolised dome

what remains of the bumper boat lake


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