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    I've got to say that phredd's photograph of the old cafe at Otterspool depresses me, the graffiti, the rundown look of the place, even the grass between the pavement flags. I remember returning to Liverpool in the seventies and seeing grass growing in the sidewalks of Liverpool which hadn't been like that when I left to come back to the US in 1968.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    I've got to say that phredd's photograph of the old cafe at Otterspool depresses me, the graffiti, the rundown look of the place, even the grass between the pavement flags. I remember returning to Liverpool in the seventies and seeing grass growing in the sidewalks of Liverpool which hadn't been like that when I left to come back to the US in 1968.

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    Otterspool park like many of the great parks in Liverpool has been left to rot. The grass is mown and the occasional tree is removed when it's in danger of falling over. The upper level (nearer to Otterspool Road) has completely gone to seed with the paths no longer maintained - trees block some of the barely visible paths. The café is in an even worse state of neglect at the moment - one of the wooden pillars (painted to look like something more substantial) is in danger of collapsing. Sad, really, how underused the park has become. The promenade itself is looking better than it has ever done. The Otterspool pub is popular (and plastic) and busy. The playing fields off Jericho Lane are always busy, and the shops at the top of Mersey Road are having a renaissance. Things change. I think, overall, this part of Liverpool is changing for the better - four trains an hour from Aigburth into Central station can only be good. You probably remember this station as Mersey Road & Aigburth.

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    Ditto what ChrisGeorge said
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jericho View Post
    Otterspool park like many of the great parks in Liverpool has been left to rot. The grass is mown and the occasional tree is removed when it's in danger of falling over. The upper level (nearer to Otterspool Road) has completely gone to seed with the paths no longer maintained - trees block some of the barely visible paths. The café is in an even worse state of neglect at the moment - one of the wooden pillars (painted to look like something more substantial) is in danger of collapsing. Sad, really, how underused the park has become. The promenade itself is looking better than it has ever done. The Otterspool pub is popular (and plastic) and busy. The playing fields off Jericho Lane are always busy, and the shops at the top of Mersey Road are having a renaissance. Things change. I think, overall, this part of Liverpool is changing for the better - four trains an hour from Aigburth into Central station can only be good. You probably remember this station as Mersey Road & Aigburth.
    Hi Jericho

    Many thanks for all this information. It sounds as if there is some good news mixed in with the bad. I do think that parks are essential for the well being of the people of the city and I think it's a disgrace that they have been let go. During the buildup to the Derby match I saw a brief few shots of Stanley Park and it looked ratty as well from what I can see. I hope the city can see its way to restoring the parks -- they are jewels of the community and need to be treated as such.

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    Hi Kev

    Many thanks for making this discussion a separate section from the Picture of the Day thread itself. It is an important topic.

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