LAND in south Liverpool could be sold off to cover the cost of building an outdoor stage in Sefton Park.
The "green wedge" in Park Avenue, Mossley Hill, would be used for housing under plans being drawn up by Liverpool council.
If the move goes ahead, the cash –which could be up to £10m – would be put towards improving the park and promoting it as an outdoor entertainment venue.
While the land is not inside the boundary of the park, opposition councillors accused city leaders of "concreting over" green spaces when there was plenty of available brownfield land which could be used instead.
But a report to go to the cabinet on Friday insisted the location was ideal for four and five-bedroom houses, which are currently in short supply in the city.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said the income would be ringfenced for spending on the park.
He added: "This piece of land is less than 50m away from Sefton Park, and seems to be used for little but dog fouling.
"If people want the parks maintained, the lakes cleaned and things like a stage for live music and other activities, then we have to do this.
"The park needs to be more animated and brought back to life – and we are being proactive in trying to do that."
The report stated: "it will become increasingly important that the council considers how its land holdings should be shaped and maintained to drive efficiencies from its assets in order to minimise running costs, maximise efficiency and facilitate capital investment to secure the long term future of those council assets which are retained. "The council can achieve real value gains by disposing of selected assets to deliver investment priorities elsewhere in the city."
The council is optimistic the 2.6-hectare site would attract "significant developer interest".
Similar pieces of land at the former King David and New Heys schools are expected to bring in up to £10m.
But opposition leader Cllr Richard Kemp vowed to fight the plans for Park Avenue, adding: "We fought this battle the last time Labour were in power.
"If we look at all the land available for housing in Liverpool we can build houses for at least 60,000 people.
"If we do that we will need every scrap of green land left in the city for their recreation and health.
"If the land is a burden to maintain, we can think of a number of uses for it – including allotments, for which there is a four-year plus waiting list in south Liverpool."