Bristol Future Parks

Bristol Future Parks

What the Bristol Future Parks project is, why we need to look at new ways to manage parks, and who can get involved.

What the Bristol Future Parks project is

The Bristol Future Parks vision is of a city where everyone benefits from excellent quality parks and green spaces.

The project supports the goals set out in the Bristol One City Plan.

Our Bristol Future Parks project will explore new ways to: 

  • raise revenue from our parks and green space 
  • build a more sustainable operating budget
  • invest in and provide vital mental and physical health benefits from our parks
  • support community ideas to make parks better

The project is not a way of selling off parks. We want to work with a wide range of partners and communities to support and improve parks.

Expression of Interest

The first phase of Bristol Future Parks will pilot an Expression of Interest process, due to open on 25 October 2021.

The pilot sites are:

  • Blaise Castle Estate
  • Eastville Park
  • Dame Emily Park
  • Chaplin Road Green Space
  • Sea Mills Recreation Ground

Aims of the project

We want parks and green spaces to be:

  • free to use
  • safe, welcoming, and accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities
  • places where people can improve their health and wellbeing
  • funded well enough so that we can improve them
  • available for local people and communities to get involved in
  • available for suitable businesses to offer activities in

Why we need to look for new ways to run parks

Maintaining and investing in green spaces is getting more difficult as our budget becomes smaller.

Demand on our parks and green spaces is growing, as we respond to both the climate and ecological emergencies.

Without new investment and increased budgets to maintain and improve our parks we will see a decline in quality and provision of facilities.

In response to these challenges, we need to find new ways to raise and reinvest income from our parks and green spaces and support community solutions.

Who can get involved

To rethink how we run parks, we want to work with:

  • the people who use our parks
  • local communities
  • sport clubs
  • public sector organisations
  • businesses
  • national and international partners

Get more information

We'll launch our Bristol Future Parks project website in September 2021.

On the Bristol Future Parks website you’ll be able to:

  • find out about each of Bristol’s pilot sites and how people use them
  • give us your ideas on how you’d like to take part, fund, maintain and develop a Bristol park