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.