PROPOSALS for improvements to the city’s riverside will be on display throughout today.

Representatives from Worcester City Council and landscape architects Jon Sheaff and Associates will be on hand to talk members of the public through the proposals to turn the area into a park.

The Riverside Park project aims to celebrate the rich history of the River Severn in Worcester and uncover some of the river’s many stories and secrets.

You can drop in to look at the proposals from 8.30am to 10.30am or 3pm to 5pm at Le Vesinet Parade, between Sabrina Bridge and the viaduct.

Alternatively, plans are on display from midday to 2pm at South Quay, near the fountains, or 6pm to 8pm in The Guildhall’s Lower Hall.

The park would take in almost 84 hectares from Pitchcroft in the north to Diglis in the south – in a bid to obtain a prestigious Green Flag award.

The award is only handed out to parks judged to meet a very high standard on categories such as cleanliness, sustainability and heritage.

The plan includes improvements across the riverside including footpath repairs, new signs and information boards.

The riverside was assessed by Keep Britain Tidy under their Green Flag scheme last year but, whilst judges hailed it as a very attractive and vibrant destination with lots of activities and high quality environments, it felt that it fell short of the standards needed to secure the award.

The project hopes to create a clear identity for the park with signs, maps and way-finding information to encourage residents and visitors to explore the riverside.

Research would be carried out into the history and wildlife of the area, to feed into the information boards and to inform maintenance and landscape improvement work.

The council and Environment Agency, along with the Canal and Rivers Trust, originally launched the project in 2016 when, alongside Sustrans, £5m was sunk into the scheme.