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The ongoing regeneration of the city will take a step forward in the week ahead with the official opening of the parade ground at the former Ebrington barracks site.

It has been a long time coming and there is still a long way to go if the site is to achieve its full potential - but it is a step in the right direction.

The opening of the Peace Bridge generated an enormous amount of goodwill last summer and this latest stage of the redevelopment of Ebrington will no doubt also be welcomed.

For many in the city it will be the first time that they will be able to see the much talked-about Ebrington site for themselves without fences.

It will provide an open space for concerts, drama, and other public performances and will no doubt host many of the events planned for the City of Culture celebrations next year.

However, it is just one step on the path to the complete regeneration of the area and the entire city.

Many promises have been made regarding the potential of the site and the benefits it could have for the people of the city.

It is heartening to see that concrete steps are being taken to realise this potential but we must see more tangible outcomes - and quickly - if the city is to be in a position to reap the benefits the City of Culture title could bring.

The Valentine’s Day opening of the parade ground will add an attractive new feature to our cityscape, extending the city centre to the Waterside. Hopefully further developments at the site will follow in the coming months.