Liverpool ONE shopping centre completely transformed the city centre - but before it was built the area was home to a green oasis where people could go to relax and soak up the sun.
Coronation Gardens first opened to the public in 1953 and was situated between Paradise Street and South John Street.
Liverpool was the most heavily bombed city outside of London during the Blitz, and the creation of Coronation Gardens marked the start of the city's redevelopment after WWII.
The gardens were built on a former Blitz site to cover the damage caused by the bombings and were only ever supposed to be temporary.
The gardens were named after the Queen's coronation which was held on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey.
Speaking at the opening he said: "We shall be able to look back on 1953 as the year in which the post-war reconstruction of Liverpool commenced to get into its stride."
Photos from the ECHO's archive show hundreds of workers sitting on the grass in the gardens on their lunch break during the summer of 1957.
Other images from the 60s show people gathered in the gardens to listen to the Liverpool City Police Band.
Coronation Gardens vanished when the area was redeveloped and decades later it was redeveloped once again as part of the Paradise Project.
Paradise Street, North and South John Street and sections of Church Street were all transformed by the "Paradise project", with Liverpool ONE first opening its doors to the public in May 2008.
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