A consultation on the main gateway to the town was carried out during meetings of the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
Of the 107 questionnaires completed 75 per cent of people strongly agreed that Wallbridge should be landscaped and preserved as public open space.
“Visitors to Stroud should be welcomed by a green oasis rather than more concrete,” one resident wrote on the survey.
“The current green area with benches makes a welcoming entrance to Stroud and should be kept,” was another comment.
At least 65 per cent disagreed that the area should be a mix of commercial development and public open space.
Among the comments from the public were calls for wildflower planting, benches and trees.
The town council has strongly supported the idea that Wallbridge should be a public open space for the enjoyment of residents and visitors and that it should be as green as possible.
Town councillor Kevin Cranston said: “It was pleasing to see how so many people were so passionate about the future of Stroud and Wallbridge in particular.
“There were a lot of positive interesting ideas. The most imaginative was to put an empty plinth on the Wallbridge site and hold an annual sculpture competition with the winner to be unveiled on the plinth to coincide with the Open Studios opening.”
Stroud District Council is acquiring two parcels of land at Wallbridge as part of Gloucestershire County Council’s agreement to contribute land which would benefit the Council’s canal project.
The land comprises 0.18 hectares (0.4 acres). The northern end was part of the former Stroud Brewery. Part of it has been grassed over and is maintained by the Town Council.
The district council’s strategy and resources committee considered the options for the future use of this land. The two options being proposed by the district council are to keep it as an open space or a mixed use development which would be commercial and public open space.
The town council will now consider the public findings before writing a response to the district council.
Two years ago the town council campaigned for Wallbridge to be closed to through traffic and develop it as an open space.