HOW would you like future generations to view Middlesbrough’s past and present?
Local people now have a unique chance to have their ideas preserved for posterity in a time capsule at Middlehaven’s new urban park.
The park is at the heart of the Urban Pioneers project which is helping to shape the future development of one of the region’s most important regeneration sites.
Middlehaven is already home to a string of major developments including Middlesbrough College, CIAC and the myplace youth centre, with Urban Pioneers paving the way for further residential, commercial and live-work units around the new urban park.
With work on the park nearing completion, final suggestions are being sought for the time capsule which is to be buried beneath the first Urban Pioneers development.
Students from Middlesbrough College’s Engineering Department have designed and made the capsule.
Over the coming weeks a suggestion box and pop-up banner will be on hand at a number of venues – including the Hillstreet Centre, the Transporter Bridge, Teesside Archives, Stewart Park, Albert Park, the Dorman Museum and Middlesbrough College – to enable people to contribute to the project.
The deadline for suggestions is the end of August, with the capsule due to be buried when the park is officially opened in the autumn.
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Middlehaven is really gaining momentum, and is helping to shape the town’s future.
“The urban park will be one of its key focal points, and the time capsule is a chance to tell future generations about Middlesbrough’s history and its hopes for the future.
“I’m hoping people will come forward with imaginative and thought-provoking ideas that really symbolise both Middlesbrough’s rich heritage and its aspirations for the future.”
Suggestions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by by post to Major Projects Team, Middlesbrough Council, First Floor, Civic Centre, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FY