Parks Alive is a new, not-for-profit initiative designed to enhance eight parks and green spaces in the Redcar and Cleveland area.
Launched by the Redcar & Cleveland Parks Foundation charity, which is working in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Parks Alive aims to increase visitors, improve events and facilities and attract additional funding that is currently unavailable in a council-managed structure.
The Foundation is the result of a successful bid for a grant from the Rethinking Parks programme, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and Nesta, which is an innovation charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life.
Fifty local authorities bid for funding under the Rethinking Parks initiative, and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council was one of only eight from across the UK to receive a financial award.
The Council will continue to own the parks and will carry on funding their maintenance at the current level, but the Foundation will oversee events and future developments, including all commercial activity, such as cafes and shops.