There is increasing evidence about how essential parks are to our physical and mental health, their role mitigating the impacts of climate change in urban areas and their value as spaces where communities can come together. While parks face dwindling resources, their value to people, communities and the environment means there is increasing need for good quality public parks, inclusive and accessible to all.
On Saturday 9th November, come along to Leeds City Museum to find out about how Leeds parks have changed through time at this free exhibition based on research by the University of Leeds, consider the challenges and opportunities facing parks today and have your say on a 10-year strategy for the future of Leeds parks and green spaces.
Our exhibition focuses on the origins of public parks, how people use and value them today, and big questions about their future given deep cuts to local authority funding, no statutory protection and a host of other contemporary challenges.
Find out about how Leeds City Council have been working with partners to manage parks and green spaces to meet these challenges and share your views on what’s important to you about parks and green spaces, and their future management.
You can also find out about how you can help to protect and enhance parks for future generations, including through the Leeds Parks Fund charitable initiative.
Throughout the day there will be activities for all, including a pop-up park, a tree of hopes, and opportunities to chat to researchers, council officers, the Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum and the Leeds Parks Fund team.