The list of people who have said they would like to be Friends of Parkinsons Park is growing, and it is wonderful to know that there are so many people interested in the future of the Park: be that from an historical, recreational or environmental aspect.
The regeneration of the Park and it’s subsequent development has an important role to play in the health and wellbeing of the community. Yesterday, the Government published it’s Public Health Outcomes Framework 2013-2016: the objective of which is to improve healthy life expectancy overall, and address regional differences. This is to be done through the improvement of a number of ‘indicators’ of health and wellbeing’: with one of those indicators being the ‘Utilisation of Green Space for Exercise and Health’ -(green space is defined as open space in and around towns and cities, in the countryside, and the seaside). This means green space is important: which is welcome news, given the Government’s draft National Planning Policy Framework. and needs to play a part in Neighbourhood Plans called for under the Localism Bill. (Goodness, that is a whole load of interconnected legislation !!)
The benchmark and measurement of green space utilisation is a monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) carried out by Natural England, Defra, and the Forrestry Commission. This is run as a monthly omnibus survey, talking with 800 people a week about the green space they visit and why. In this study, parks, paths, woodland and open space in the countryside, all rate highly as places to visit, especially when they are within two miles of where people live. Which means, they all rate highly in our local health and well being.
So, bottom line, the Park is important to Guiseley, and the Friends are important to the Park. So, do come and join us on the 21st February, at 7pm, at Guiseley Methodist Church, Oxford Road for a discussion on the Park, and its future, and to meet other Friends. If you cannot make that date other events will be planned.
If you cannot make the meeting, or even if you can, then this website is here for your comments and ideas, we really do encourage contributions, as we roll out developments. Darren Shepherd is now providing our Bird Watch feature (do you have ideas for other features?): the ‘Your Stories’ is also a popular page, so keep the stories coming: whilst every blog can be commented on with thoughts and ideas.
We look forward to the Friends of Parkinsons Park growing and thriving, and to us growing a community asset.