Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy News - July issue

Our Manchester Days – parks and leisure week

In our budget consultation, residents were clear that leisure and parks are some of the most highly valued services. They want activities to help them stay healthy; they also want green, safe parks at the heart of their neighbourhoods, with events and things to do.

Today (Tuesday 18 July) there’s a complete takeover on our social media – an “Our Manchester Day” – about parks and leisure, and the dedicated staff who work to keep our city green and active.

On Thursday 20 July at 4.30pm, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, our Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, will host a Twitter Q&A session to answer your questions on Manchester’s parks and leisure.

To take part, send your question using #MCRActive

Follow us @ManCityCouncil on Twitter and Facebook.

Sports and leisure

Sport and leisure services will make up to £100,000 of energy-efficiency savings in the next three years thanks to measures such as new combined heat and power schemes at leisure sites, including Manchester Aquatics Centre, North City and Wythenshawe Forum. We'll further reduce our carbon footprint with solar panels.

We’ve just invested £27million to build three new leisure centres – East Manchester, Hough End, and Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre. We will also be spending £24million to fully refurbish Moss Side Leisure Centre and completely rebuild Abraham Moss.

In addition, we’re looking at creating more football facilities across the city by working with the Football Association to transform the grassroots of the game.

Parks

Our residents and visitors have told us that parks are really important – they are the heart, lungs and soul of our thriving city.

To support our new ten-year strategy we’ll be maintaining our current budget for the day-to-day running of parks for at least the next three years, backed up with new investment to make them cleaner, greener, safer and more productive.

To boost the £12.5million we’ve earmarked to develop and improve parks, we’re looking for partners and funders to help us raise £8million extra to kick-start our ten year plans, including:
•    at Heaton Park: £9million to develop the historic 18th century hall, and £3.5million to improve the stables and lakes.
•    at Wythenshawe: a further £3million to restore the hall, in addition to the £2.7million already being spent on fire restoration and other planned work; we’ll also spend £2million on the courtyard, walled garden and farm
•    across the whole city: £3million to improve the quality of community and local parks, green spaces and allotments.

Residents and others who care about our parks will help to develop an action plan for each of the city’s parks. We’re trialling the first of these plans this summer, and 50 parks will have a plan in the next two years. Based on what residents, communities and park users tell us matters most, we’ll use these plans to prioritise investment in the future.

Take Part! Sport and Physical Activity Consultation

Is your physical activity limited to walking the dog in your local park, or are you a total sports fanatic? There are many degrees of being ‘physically active’ in between couch potato and coached to perfection, and we want to hear from as many people as possible.

Tell us about what you do (or choose not to do!), where you do it, or where you’d like to. Tell us what you think of your local or favourite facility and what you’d ideally like to see. Tell us what gets you going (or tell us what gets your goat!) so we can make sure that the Manchester sports and physical activity strategy delivers for us all.

Join the consultation online now.

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