Published: Tue 16 July, 2019
Coalville Park has become the first open space in North West Leicestershire to achieve the coveted Green Flag award.
The news comes as the park throws open its gates for Love Parks Week – with a whole host of free activities planned.
Green Flag status is reserved for parks and green spaces that set a high standard and are appropriately managed to meet the needs of the communities they serve.
North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) manages Coalville Park and submitted a Green Flag application after a long period of work to improve the park.
This included creating the Friends of Coalville Park community group, which now works with the council to develop future plans and ideas for the space.
As well as its play equipment, skate park, outdoor gym, 400 metre running track and tennis courts, the park has two dedicated gardens.
A huge amount of work has also gone into developing the Peace Garden which pays tribute to the sacrifice of our Armed Forces both past and present, and helped the park to achieve its ‘Centenary Fields’ status last year.
Sitting alongside the Peace Garden is the community and sensory garden, which is designed to be an accessible space for local residents of all ages and abilities to get involved with gardening activities.
To achieve Green Flag status NWLDC had to prove that the park:
- Is a welcoming space
- Is healthy, safe and secure
- Is well-maintained and clean
- Is environmentally friendly
- Pays attention to biodiversity, landscape and heritage
- Has community involvement
- Has a suitable a management plan.
In awarding the Green Flag, the assessment team commented: “The team has a range of complementary skills and seems to work well together. It is a forward-thinking, positive team who are open to new ideas and ways of working. There is still a lot of work to do, but a good start has been made. The new ‘friends’ group sounds like it has some keen and positive members.”
Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “Our parks team has worked tirelessly to make Coalville Park into a fantastic community space and they deserve a lot of credit for that.
“This is a huge feather in the cap for Coalville, no other park in the district has achieved Green Flag status and I hope this new award encourages more people to come and enjoy the park than ever before.
“We’re really pleased to be working with the new Friends of Coalville Park group on future plans and improvements. Bringing more people into Coalville is a big part of regenerating the town and this Green Flag award will only help us to achieve this aim.”
Andy Sipika Chair of the Friends of Coalville Park added: “We are absolutely delighted to hear the good news about the Green Flag after everyone has worked so hard to achieve it. We’re looking forward to building on this and improving the park with better facilities and more events, so that more people come and enjoy our lovely park.”