Redcar & Cleveland Parks Foundation is a charity set up to work in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Council, with the aim of enhancing eight of the parks and green spaces in the borough.
The Foundation was formed in 2019, officially starting to work with the Council on the management of the parks from April 2020, helping to increase visitors, encourage community support and attract additional funding that would not be accessible in a council-managed structure.
The Foundation has been made possible following 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 UK local authorities bid for funding under the Rethinking Parks initiative, and Redcar & Cleveland was one of only eight to receive a financial award. The Council will continue to own the parks and will carry on funding their maintenance, but the Foundation will oversee events and future developments, including all commercial activity, such as cafes and shops.