It’s time to take pride in your park

Friends of Ryelands Park join Phil the Bin and representatives from Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council to launch the new 'Take Pride in Our Parks' Campaign.
Friends of Ryelands Park join Phil the Bin and representatives from Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council to launch the new 'Take Pride in Our Parks' Campaign.

Lancaster City Council has launched a new campaign to encourage people to use, and take pride in, their local park.

The campaign was launched today (Thursday, August 1) during the national Love Parks Week, which takes place until Sunday, August 4.

Named Take Pride in Our Parks, the aim of the campaign is to encourage people to use their local park, take pride in its appearance and use its facilities.

The Friends of Ryelands Park helped to launch the campaign with a litter pick in the park.

Coun David Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for parks and open spaces, said: “Our parks and open spaces are some of our district’s greatest assets. They’re great places for events and activities, or simply for enjoying a walk.

“The challenge we face is maintaining our much loved quality green spaces with limited resources.

“The work of Friends groups is vitally important to helping us to achieve that aim and the work they do is invaluable. By volunteering and joining a group people can show their commitment to our parks.

“But there are also simple things that we can all do such as disposing of litter properly and picking up after our dogs. By us all taking pride in our parks and what they have to offer we can keep them clean and free of litter for us all to enjoy.”

The city council is asking people to conduct a simple ‘health check’ on their local park. The results will be used over the lifetime of the campaign to measure people’s perceptions of our parks and identify areas for improvement.

To take part visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/takepride.