Bristol asked for ideas to improve city’s green spaces

Bristol asked for ideas to improve city’s green spaces

Future Parks project seek citizens’ views on enhancements.

13 October 2021

Community-led ideas for enhancing parks and green spaces to help improve health and wellbeing in Bristol are being sought via a new project being launched today (13 October).

Bristol Future Parks is aiming to transform how parks and green spaces are run, in response to their increased use during the pandemic. The project will also examine how our green spaces can help the city address the climate and ecological emergencies declared by the council last year.

The Bristol Future Parks project will not involve selling off parks or green spaces but is exploring ideas that could help generate income from which parks, and the people who use them, can benefit.

This will include exploring a variety of commercial opportunities to generate revenue that will be used to maintain parks and fund improvements, such as bike hubs, splash parks, cafes, lakeside activities and tree top adventures.

The first phase of the project is inviting people and organisations to submit proposals on how to enhance five parks and green spaces - Blaise Castle Estate, Chaplin Road Green Space, Dame Emily Park, Eastville Park and Sea Mills Recreation Ground – which will help with future improvement of other green spaces.

Councillor Ellie King, Cabinet member for Public Health, Communities and Bristol One City, said: “The pandemic demonstrated how important parks and green spaces are for the health and wellbeing of everyone in our city. It’s now more important than ever that we rethink how our parks are managed, funded and maintained so that everyone benefits from our green spaces.

“Bristol Future Parks is one of the many ways we’re working to meet our One City Ecological Emergency Strategy goals by 2030. We are working in partnership with communities, city organisations and businesses to help create a nature-rich city with excellent quality parks and green spaces. I therefore encourage everyone to get involved by going to the Bristol Future Parks website and tell us how you want your parks to be used.”

Individuals, groups and businesses can submit their ideas via an Expression of Interest proposal through the Bristol Future Parks website from Monday 25 October to 31 December 2021. Proposals will be assessed by the Parks service and an external representative from the Parks Forum, who will recommend the best ones to move forward. 

Secretary of the Bristol Parks Forum, Rob Acton-Campbell said: "At a time when local authority finances are under increasing pressure, it’s vital we look at every option to bring in more funds to ensure our parks are maintained to a high standard. I welcome the Bristol Future Parks project as a way of delivering this aim.

“As a member of the assessment panel, I look forward to reading community ideas to develop their green space for the benefit of local residents and visitors. I encourage communities to think about the additional facilities, activities or events they want to see in their park and submit these ideas via the new Bristol Future Parks website.”

Jonathan James, Head of Service for Natural and Marine Environment, added: “Bristol’s parks and green spaces are integral to our cultural life and are vital community spaces. We’re looking forward to hearing people’s ideas and working with communities and businesses to enhance our green spaces.

“We’re also developing a new Parks and Green Spaces Strategy. It sets out our 20-year plan to nurture nature-rich, attractive and enjoyable green spaces in every part of Bristol. The strategy and the Bristol Future Parks project will ensure our parks and green spaces are safe, well maintained and welcoming to all.”

Visit the Bristol Future Parks website to find out more about the project and how to submit a proposal.

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