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Cambridge development Darwin Green to get its own version of Central Park

Darwin Green's Central Park
Darwin Green's Central Park

Cambridge is being promised its own version of New York’s iconic green space at the new Darwin Green development.

Housebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes have unveiled plans this week for the park, which will feature a multi-use games area, outdoor sports area, sports pavilion, tennis and basketball court, football pitch and a football/cricket ground.

There is also potential for the pre-existing sports pavilion to become a coffee shop.

While it won’t quite match the sprawling 840 acres of Manhattan’s version, the developers hope its 15.1 acres will be a major attraction.

Adam Knight, managing director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire, said: “Manhattan’s Central Park is known for its attractions, events and beautiful surroundings and this was what inspired our new facility, so we’re very excited to be bringing this unique open space to Cambridge.

“Central Park in Cambridge will be the heart of the new community at Darwin Green, where you could even sip your coffee in what may well become Cambridge’s very own ‘Central Perk’.

“The urban park will host many events and with something to do for all the family, it is bound to be the core to this development and attract residents from surrounding areas too.”

Some 1,593 homes, 40 per cent of which will be ‘affordable’, are being built in phase one of Darwin Green, which is situated off Huntingdon Road – about 1.6 miles from the city centre. A primary school with children’s centre will also be built.

Shops, a health centre, a public library and reading gardens, a community hall and a potential new supermarket are also planned in The Square.

The show home launch takes place this weekend (July 20-21).

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