What Are The Plans?

1956 - A Parkinson's Open Day in the Park. Source: Wharfedale Observer 29/6/1956

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.

1970's - Norman Winfield's Grandchildren Kite Flying

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.

1960's - Esme Dibb, Ethel Pickles and Joyce Greenwood enjoying a 'rest' in the Park

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.

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About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Vice Chairlady of Friends of Parkinson's Park, and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Day job - is a Business Analyst running Mutual Marketing, a customer service research, training and advisory business.
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One Response to What Are The Plans?

  1. Mrs Ruth Hughes says:

    I am so pleased that the park is being regenerated and catching peoples interest.I have always thought of it as being a green ‘lung’ for the built up area.Many people do not realise the park exists or what lovely views it affords.It will be great to preserve and improve the park for future generations as well as local peoples use today.

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