South Shore: Solaris Centre

South Shore: Solaris Centre

The Solaris Centre is opposite the Mirror Ball on New South Promenade and a handy reference point for that area of promenade.

The Mirror Ball on the promenade opposite the Solaris Centre
The Mirror Ball on the promenade opposite the Solaris Centre

The Mirror Ball is the largest, certainly the most obvious and probably most well known pieces of the public art trail on New South Promenade. Why don’t you go and take a walk there and explore the wide, open promenade?

Promenade at the Mirror Ball at Blackpool South Shore, opposite the Solaris Centre
Promenade at the Mirror Ball at Blackpool South Shore, opposite the Solaris Centre

Watch the following clip of a lovely still morning on the seafront, it ends with a view of the Mirror Ball and the Solaris Centre behind it. You can even see the wind turbine whizzing round in the final shot!

Solaris Centre and Mirror Ball at South Promenade Blackpool

About the Solaris Centre at South Promenade Blackpool

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The Solaris Centre is a public building which is run by Blackpool Council. It’s home to a number of offices, meeting rooms and small businesses which use it commercially.

There’s also a very good cafe there, which is open to the public. It’s an ideal stopping-off place for coffee and tea, cake and biscuits. It’s also somewhere to shelter when you’re out for a walk and it starts to rain!

To the rear of the Solaris is a public open space and small children’s playground which are open for public use. Keep your eyes peeled because it’s also a home to the abundant wildlife which lives in the bushes and undergrowth around the plot.

At the right hand side of the Solaris Centre you’ll find a block of Danfo public toilets.

Friends of Solaris Centre Park

Whether you live nearby or just love to visit the Solaris Centre and its surrounding gardens, you might be interested in the work of the Friends Group.

The Friends of Solaris Park Community Volunteer Group is relatively new, but has already made a big difference!

Solaris Centre Park, with newly planted beds
Solaris Centre Park, with newly planted beds

With the help of a loyal band of helpers, the Friends have raised money to support the ongoing improvement and maintenance of the gardens. And at the same time they’ve had a lot of fun and made new friends too. Why don’t you join them?

Big Improvements at Solaris Park

The gardens were recently given a new lease of life, thanks to a major redevelopment project.

The £29,000 scheme turned two gardens into a unified family friendly and relaxing space with a seaside theme for everyone to enjoy. It’s been specifically designed for ease of access and to stimulate the senses for people with conditions such as dementia.

The garden was officially opened on 11 April 2017.

Wheelchair and pushchair access is now possible all around the garden and there’s improved seating for people to relax in the sun. Seaside features such as a multi-coloured windbreak and driftwood have also been incorporated.

Plants have been chosen to attract bees and butterflies which will give life and movement to the garden, as well as being suited to the coastal location. Staff from Blackpool Council’s Park’s team helped clear the area. Then planting was done by the Groundwork Grow Blackpool team with assistance from local volunteers.

This particular project was led by Groundwork CLM who were instrumental in securing the majority of the funding which came from The Veolia Environmental Trust. They awarded £23,634 through the Landfill Communities Fund, with Blackpool Council providing support with an added contribution.

There are always opportunities for volunteers of all ages and abilities to get involved with activities. You can join in with growing new plants from seed, planting, pruning and watering.

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