The park is intended to regenerate a part of the city
Work to prepare Bradford for its long awaited city park project has begun.
Money from various agencies has enabled the £24.4m scheme to go ahead after an earlier bid for lottery funding was unsuccessful.
The six-acre park near City Hall will feature a mirror pool, fountains, trees, a children's play area, art displays and cafes.
Work has started on a number of highway and public transport alterations to allow the closure of Channing Way.
The footbridge linking Hall Ings and Norfolk Gardens will be demolished next month, with drivers being warned of possible disruption.
Councillor Adrian Naylor, executive member for regeneration and economy, said: "It is very significant because we are starting this in the middle of a recession.
"The other thing we're doing is obviously trying to make sure it's an economic stimulus to the heart of the city."