A new café, called Esposito’s, opened this week in Mill Dam Park, Kirkby offering visitors to this popular park an opportunity to meet up over a bite to eat or a drink.
This latest new offer compliments the upgrades and investment which have been completed in the park following an extensive public consultation.
The priority issues identified through community consultation included an accessible building with a café and toilet facilities, improving the play space and new improved footpaths.
With the opening of the café this week, these priorities have now all been delivered.
In addition, Knowsley’s Green Space Ranger Service is offering a range of activities in the park, boosting health and wellbeing as well as inciting interest in nature. A programme of activities during half term is planned to welcome everyone back to the park and promote the activity programme.
Esposito’s already operate a successful and established business in Victoria Park, Widnes and Runcorn Hill, Halton. The Managing Directors of Esposito’s are Danny and Lisa Esposito. Lisa was born and raised in the Southdene area of Kirkby, and is delighted to be expanding her business in her home town.
It is open 7 days a week from 9am until 5pm and offers a range of food and drink including hot drinks, home-made cakes (including gluten free and vegan options), toasted sandwiches, light snacks and ice creams.
The building has accessible toilet facilities which are open to members of the public when the café is open and it also includes a small meeting room that can be booked by the community (free of charge).
For larger groups the café operator has also indicated that they are happy to explore potential community use of the café area itself in the evenings.
Play equipment has been upgraded at the park with new modern metal climbing units and children’s and toddler swings, a new trim trail has been created, a new safety surface installed and new paths connect the play area to the existing network.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said:
“This is a welcome addition to Mill Dam Park, which has benefitted from significant investment over the last few months. As well as the improvements to the play area and paths, the much-needed café area with toilet facilities is now open and I hope visitors to the park enjoy using the upgraded facilities on offer.”
Cllr Louise Harbour, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, added:
“I’m delighted that the café has opened its doors this week, providing even more choice to visitors to the park. We have listened to the views of the local community and park users and we have delivered on the priorities they identified.”