WHAT IS PARKS ALIVE

Parks Alive is a new initiative designed to enhance eight parks and green spaces in the Redcar and Cleveland area.

Redcar & Cleveland Parks Foundation will take over the management of the parks from Redcar & Cleveland Council in April 2020, with the aim of increasing visitors, improving events and facilities and attracting 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 National Lottery Community Fund, 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 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 be responsible for events and future developments, including all commercial activity, such as cafes and shops.

MISSION

To lead on the successful management and promotion of our parks and green spaces across Redcar and Cleveland.

We will work in partnership to create greater community and business engagement and encourage a sense of ownership, attract increased visitors and secure additional funding to achieve our vision.

THE FOUNDATION

The trustees of the Redcar & Cleveland Parks Foundation aim to breathe new life into the parks and to maximise their potential, increasing visitor numbers and encouraging businesses and the community to get involved through volunteering, sharing ideas, and donations of goods, services and money.

Trustees James Beighton, Chairperson Lauren Bywater, Steve Kielty, Brian Waugh, Jeremy Garside and David Jennings are all vested in the area and wish to work with the community to make the parks and green spaces the best that they can be.

THE FOUNDATION AIMS

To look after our parks across Redcar and Cleveland to a high quality so they are attractive and enjoyable green spaces that people can visit.

To develop our parks as places where people can be active and enjoy learning about nature, archaeology, local history and culture.

To work in partnership with local communities so our parks are places where everyone from across Redcar and Cleveland, and visitors to the area, enjoy them and have fun.

GET INVOLVED

  • Come and visit the parks in Redcar and Cleveland and make use of what they have to offer.

  • The Foundation is working in partnership with local communities to look after and develop our parks. We will be talking to groups and park-users to gain their input.

  • These are your parks – we want to know how you would like to see them develop. Tell us what you think.

  • You can support your local parks by volunteering, offering support or services, and donating. Get in touch to find out more.