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Kingswood Park

To celebrate the importance of Kingswood Park and to make sure the park remains at the heart of the community in the future, we are working with the Friends of Kingswood Park to apply for a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant (NLHF).

Before we apply, we would like your views and ideas on how we can restore and improve the park, its facilities and the activities on offer.

About the park

Kingswood Park sits in the heart of the town of Kingswood. It is one of two traditional parks in South Gloucestershire and was designed and laid out in 1934 by Albert Parks, then park superintendent for Kingswood District Council.

The park’s central location attracts a wide range of user groups and the park hosts many community events throughout the year including South Gloucestershire’s 2019 Armed Forces Day.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The NLHF offers grants to restore and improve heritage features including parks to benefit more and a wider range of people.

Before submitting our bid, we now need to gather as much information as possible and develop a wide range of ideas to encourage more people to use and enjoy the park. We are particularly keen to talk to local community organisations and groups who are interested in using Kingswood Park in their work.

The main aims of the project are to:

•       encourage greater use of the park through events and activities

•       provide new play facilities

•       restore paths, walls, masonry and other features

•       share the heritage of the park and research its history

•       improve park facilities for all, making it a central focus for the community and contribute to the economic regeneration of Kingswood High Street

•       investigate providing a new catering facility

•       improve access for people with mobility difficulties

•       explore the option to refurbish or provide new toilet facilities

•       encourage voluntary groups and schools to make greater use of the park

•       improve the park landscape and biodiversity

The bid and project is in partnership with the Friends of Kingswood Park who are committed to supporting these aims and have already made a huge contribution to Kingswood by using the park as focus for positive change and rejuvenation.

How you can help

If you or your group already uses Kingswood Park, or you would like to make better use of the park in the future, or you have ideas for projects which will encourage people to enjoy the park more, please get in touch. We are keen to speak to as many groups and people as possible.

Projects could include:

•       health and wellbeing activities

•       nature discovery days, forest school and wild play sessions

•       publications, panels and other innovative media exploring park heritage, oral history, the stories of the park and communities in and around the park

•       explore the rich heritage of Kingswood, and why the park is important

•       opportunities for learning and training such as practical conservation tasks, horticulture and other work required to manage the park

•       activities for children and young people

•       websites, videos and CDs

•       schools learning resources for teachers, school use of the park for curriculum and sports day activities

•       arts and crafts

•       activities that engage all ages and different ability groups

Our bid will reflect the tremendous enthusiasm local people have to experience and care for Kingswood Park. We want to build on the successes of previous activities and events so more people can enjoy this wonderful park.

Survey

During July and August 2019 we will be consulting with community groups, visitors to the park, community members who may benefit from new activities and facilities and other stakeholders to develop ideas for the bid.

Please complete this online survey here.

Contact:

Richard Aston / Janice Suffolk

Community Spaces team (Streetcare)

Environment and Community Services

South Gloucestershire Council

Tel 01454 863725

Email: richard.aston@southglos.gov.uk or janice.suffolk@southglos.gov.uk

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