Your priorities: parks and leisure
Our residents and visitors have told us that Parks are a really important part of the city and form the heart, lungs and soul of our thriving city.
To support the implementation of our new ten year Strategy we will be freezing size of the budget for day-to-day running of parks over the next three years as a minimum; looking at the resources that will be needed to implement the ten year plan and also the money that will need to be invested in parks to make them cleaner, greener, safer and more productive.
£20.5m of capital investment in parks will focus on three priorities:
- at Heaton Park: developing the historic 18th century hall, the stables and the lakes in the grounds; £3.5m on the Stables and Lakeside Hubs and £9.0m on Heaton Hall. This carefully planned investment will be made to improve visitor experience, help our visitors stay longer and come back more often and will also give a return on the investment that we make to re-invest in the park.
- at Wythenshawe: developing the park and restoring the hall; £3.0m on the Hall in addition to the £2.7m currently being spent on fire restoration and planned works in addition to £2.0m on the Courtyard, Walled Garden and Farm Hub. This carefully planned investment will be made to improve visitor experience, help our visitors stay longer and come back more often and will also give a return on the investment that we make to re-invest in the park.
- across the whole city: £3m improving the quality of community and local parks, green spaces and allotments -Our improvement investment will be informed by Park Action Plans. Working closely with residents, communities and user groups we will develop priorities set around the demand indicated in the Strategy consultation and subsequent conversations making our parks cleaner, greener and safer.
We're looking for partners and funders to work with us, as the Heritage Lottery Fund does, to secure the additional investment in addition to the £12.5m from Manchester City Council that will develop and improve parks as we implement the first years of our new 10-year park strategy. Residents and others who care about our parks will help develop an action plan for each of the city’s individual parks. The Park Action Plans will be piloted in the Summer of 2017 and we would see 15 parks across the city having fully formed plans by March 2018 and the a further 35 parks in the following two years. Our improvement investment will be informed by these Action Plans and a priority set around demand indicated in the consultation making our parks cleaner, greener and safer.