Bristol Future Parks is a Bristol City Council (BCC) project aiming to transform how parks are managed to maximise access to and the benefits local residents get from them. BCC wants to work with communities and other stakeholders to rethink parks, who uses them, who maintains them, who invests in them, who develops them.
The project's priorities are to:
Working alongside residents, BCC will explore opportunities that build on the hard work and dedication local people have already invested in parks and green spaces. As well as improving health and wellbeing, projects are expected to be financially sustainable and as a minimum must be self-sufficient after the initial implementation phase.
The project is piloting its approach with five very different spaces:
If your community group has an idea for improving its local park, you have until 31 December 2021 to submit an initial Expression of Interest (EOI). Potential projects could include, for example:
More unusual proposals will also be considered at this stage, providing they achieve the stated objectives, such as:
Local businesses are also being invited to submit commercial EOIs three parks (Dame Emily Park, Eastville Park and Blaise Castle Estate).
Who can submit an EOI?
How will expressions of interest be assessed?
The criteria are set out as part of the project documentation along with information about Bristol’s ecological emergency strategy, an overview of the spirit and history of each space and the expression of interest form.