WREXHAM residents had been encouraged to share their views on Rob McElhenney's plans to beautify a Wrexham space in honour of Ryan Reynolds.

Parks and Wrex – the project that aims to create a vibrant community space in Henblas Street – were in Tŷ Pawb on Friday (March 15) to ask the public to share their views on initial ideas and concepts.

The project aims to transform the former Hippodrome cinema site into a vibrant public space in the heart of the city, and was announced last October by Wrexham AFC owner Rob McElhenney in honour of fellow owner and best mate Ryan Reynolds.

The team were busy discussing plans with residents and businesses on Friday and now can't wait to get started.

Project lead, Bryan Swarberg said: "We wanted to make sure we were getting community feedback, local business feedback and people from the council that were already on this project for a while so it sounds like they've done a lot of the work for us, which is exciting. 

"It's just about talking to them face to face and we mostly want to make sure the community is involved every step of the way so that we're not making any decisions that people wouldn't like. 

"We're considering every opportunity, softscape, hardscape, activations, pop-ups, how we can generate more footfall but keep it specific to the area, the community and be fun. 

"We don't want it to be a playground, but we want kids to have something to engage with but also we don't want parents to be bored just waiting for their kids to be done. 

"We're talking summer movie series, food and wine festivals, farmers markets popping outdoors a little bit, even water features that come out of the sidewalk.


"It's been awesome to hear new ideas and also get our ideas reaffirmed. We haven't had anybody bawk at our ideas yet so we're kind of on the right track. 

"I've been here for a few days and I've been speaking to a few people who are very excited and happy that this is real and isn't just a birthday joke. 

"We've brought up ideas with big brand partnerships who are very interested in helping the community and not just being attached to the football club. 

"It's all been positive and now we see the ideas and images we just want to make it happen."