Performing Parks

The Thurrock Independent March 2019 

 

Performing Parks:

An introduction to the project

NESTA Blog – Published Thursday 07 March 2019 –  Click to read more HERE…

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Community passion for parks drives project forward 

Friends of Hardie Park Press Release 4th March –

A passionate group of volunteers with visions of creating sustainable community parks in their areas met at Hardie Park in Stanford-le-Hope this week as part of NESTA’s national ‘Rethinking Parks’ Programme funded by The Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund. Hardie Park is leading the Performing Parks project in Thurrock and is working with five other parks that have the potential to create a similar model in their locality.

Rob Groves, CEO of Hardie Park said, ‘We have worked with the park groups individually over the last six months but today was a meeting of minds in a room full of volunteers with the energy and drive to inspire those around them to take up the challenge. Empowering a community to improve, manage and maintain their green spaces to secure their future is an exciting concept and one that is achievable when the community comes together. It’s the perfect time to get involved and support the process. The project groups are actively seeking local residents and local business support to help make this happen.’

The five park projects taking on the challenge are Bonnygate Park in South Ockendon, Aveley Rec, Daisy Fields in Tilbury, Gobions Park in East Tilbury and Grays Beach Riverside Park. If these areas are nearby and you would like to get involved please contact Rob Groves on 07803 295374 or email rob@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk  As the project moves forward further updates will be posted on the Hardie Park website at www.friendsofhardiepark.co.uk/performing_parks

 

Exciting times ahead for Thurrock communities – September 2019

Hardie Park has been recognised as a successful park that demonstrates excellent potential for changing the way that a public space is used and managed. Rob Groves is leading the Performing Parks project in Thurrock and is working with five other parks that have the potential to create a similar model in their area. A package of learning and support will be created over a two year period in order to spread the approach and empower local communities with the management skills to ensure sustainability. This is an innovative project, part of NESTA’s national ‘Rethinking Parks’ Programme funded by The Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Exciting times ahead for Thurrock communities. The park projects we are working with are Bonnygate in South Ockendon, Aveley Rec, Daisy Fields in Tilbury, Gobions in East Tilbury and Grays Beach. If these are areas close to you and you would like to get involved with the project then please contact Rob Groves on 07803 295374. (Rob Groves pictured with Chris and Tiffany from NESTA)

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Direct line to café: 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk   Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark  Facebook:www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark