This month Nesta, the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund launched Rethinking Parks, a programme to identify and support the best new business models for public parks. We’re offering a total of £1m, and up to £100,000 per project, for the best new ideas that will sustain our public parks in to the next decade. Funding for services like parks is set to fall by 60% or more over the next decade, so we need to act soon. In particular we need to find new ways of generating income for parks, new ways of bringing under-utilised spaces back to life, and new ways of involving communities in supporting their local green space. None of that sounds easy. It’ll take energy, commitment and passion to rethink how a public park is used and funded. And it’ll need new collaborations of communities, social enterprise, local business and the public sector. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Lydia Ragoonanan is the Rethinking Parks programme manager at Nesta.
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