The consultation, which is available online, gives everyone the chance to have their say on how they would like to see the city’s parks and green spaces develop over the next decade.
The council’s proposed vision for parks and green spaces sees them as vital, well-used community assets, with more opportunities for residents to be engaged in how they are run.
The consultation gives residents the chance to comment on the proposed new long-term approach, explain how they currently use their local parks, how they think parks should be run and funded and what they would like to see happening in parks in the future.
The proposed strategy has four broad themes:
- Parks at the Heart of Neighbourhoods: Great local parks, which help to create attractive local areas where people want to live
- Active Parks, Healthy Communities: Promoting greater use and enjoyment of parks – ensuring a strong service that is accessible to all
- The Manchester Parks Standard: Improving standards of park management and maintenance, to make sure that Manchester parks are well looked after, now and in the future
- Productive Parks in Partnership: Encouraging greater collaboration between the council, local community groups and external organisations, such as the RSPB.
Assistant Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “”People use our many parks every day to exercise, to walk their dogs, to play and simply to relax. Everybody loves Manchester’s parks but there’s always more we can do to make them better.
“Our new proposed strategy outlines new ideas and approaches, which we want to share with Manchester’s community groups and residents so they can help shape the future of our parks.
“We’re very keen to get residents’ views, see how they would like to get more involved and find out how we can best improve the city’s parks, for everyone’s benefit. This consultation is your chance to have your say.”
The Parks Strategy Consultation closes on 31 May 2016.