An annual report outlining the work done in 2021/22 showcases a number of initiatives, including projects in neighborhood parks, activities organized by park rangers and community involvement through community groups. friends.
An engagement officer has been hired to work with residents on greening projects in Blackpool.
The report says: “They will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and Friends Groups to lead community engagement and grow green space volunteering.
“Many Friends of the Parks groups are reporting a decline in active members since Covid, with the exception of Anchorsholme which has developed a network of engaged community members.
“Work will now focus on supporting these existing groups and creating new opportunities.”
It is hoped to create new groups of friends for Mossam Fields and Moor Park to improve the management, promotion and engagement of these sites.
Other positives include the participation of hundreds of young children in events organized by the park ranger service, with the support of Blackpool Better Start.
But the parks department lost revenue as events were canceled due to the Covid pandemic and bowling clubs were unable to meet.
It is expected to make a loss of £20,000 in the last financial year from its annual budget of almost £800,000.
However, a report presented to the council’s Tourism, Economy and Communities Review Committee said the service was continuing to improve open spaces with priorities for the year ahead, including a new master plan for Stanley Park and development plans for other parks in the borough.
An £80,000 investment in the Stanley Park Playground, including upgrading trails, repairing existing equipment and adding several new features including an Exploration Dome, Octo Net and a cliff jumper. A disused grow space adjacent to the playground has been adapted to provide viewing space in response to requests from park users. Work is due to be completed by the end of April on a new £225,000 skate park at Stanley Park. Designs include ramps, steps, quarter pipes, curbs and rails, finished in concrete and steel to provide a durable, low maintenance installation. At Boundary Park on the Grange Park estate, additional lanes have been installed to create a circular route around the park. The next step is to create an improved multipurpose play area, changing rooms and parking lots. facilities. The grass courts are now open. A new obstacle course is in place at the Bispham Cliffs playground to replace the equipment in poor condition. All equipment in good condition was moved to Watson Road Park in South Shore. Gynn Sunken Gardens received new equipment to replace a broken bridge. has been received to help complete work to improve the community garden at Revoe with £16,000 to help buy extra plants and upgrade tools with plans to run school forestry events for the community.