What are the plans for the Park? A fair question, put by Sheila Sykes and Brian Richardson yesterday. The Friends of Parkinson’s Park (FOPP) want to regenerate the Park as a 21st century asset, to an expanding Guiseley very short on green spaces and good sized gardens. The Park was originally given for the use of ‘the people of Guiseley’ by F & A Parkinson Ltd in the 1940’s: very possibly because Guiseley Recreation Ground, had been built on after the First World War. Officially, the land in 2011 is designated public green space: however, it is owned by Bellway. Bellway, through their 106 agreement, have provided a budget, and contractors for initial phases of regeneration.
The plan for initial phases is to tidy up the Park, to enable more people to use it again eg older people who want to look at the view and need the seats putting back, families who want to picnic and play and need pleasant grass areas again, school children on
nature ecology projects who need a safe environment. This has not been possible for a number of years, as the Park has not been properly looked after since 2001, and fallen into a state of unsanitary dereliction, that has attracted anti-social behaviour.
Future plans, will depend on the Friends, local people and Bellway. A key purpose of this website and Twitter is for the FOPP committee to quickly update people on progress, and enable people to easily tell us their stories of the Park, and what they would like to build as an asset to Guiseley; so sign up to follow us to get the latest posts by email or Twitter. We are very happy to come and talk to local groups about the history and background of the Park, and gather your views on what you’d like to see in the future.