A smart park is not really smart - it’s more about being smart in it’s uses for the community and local residents together.
Parks benefit from a strong community hub made up of supportive businesses, local community groups and residents
A smart park relies on an abundance of goodwill by residents who are eager to be part of the community they live in, and want to be involved with creating a happy place to live.
Parks have been at the bottom of the list when it comes to resources and money from Central or local Government. Often the park keepers are gone and parks are left neglected, turning into rat infested ruined space.
Is the tide turning?
Smart park provide a unique opportunity for all parks and communities to become a vibrant self-funding space, with wellbeing for people and nature, education and financial sustainability running through everything, joining up the dots between people and nature, whilst reducing costs on the public purse.
Health and Well being activities
Cleaning the local areas
Fund raising for resources
Running events and activities
Bringing different community groups together
Encourage and invite people not to be alone
Help organise Health and Wellbeing activities
Actively communicate social inclusion is important
Fun and happiness is important
Our own local park was a rat-infested no-go area and within 18 months, lots of goodwill from residents this same park was transformed.
Residents then came together and organised events, started several groups aimed at the wellbeing for our park, resident and the local area, things started to grow very quickly from there. Community groups have been around for years,however recently there has been a healthy explosion of new groups.
12+ group meetings
20 + planning meetings
50+ Event notices, risk assessments, licenses and elf and safety forms
100’s of phone calls and meetings with the Council
2 dog show judges
50 + meetings with other organisations for joint co-operation
52 litter picks including 6 Super Sundays with eggs and bacon
365 days of emptying bins and litter picking – nearly 2,000 bins!
365 days of gate locking and unlocking x 5 gates
100’s of posters put up around the park
Apple trees planted in our new orchard
70+ Health sessions including 52 Tai Chi sessions
Embracing many different values and ideas we all hold, together we started to plan how to update the ways the past addressed parks with solutions for today’s problems and issues.
As a group of residents, we have learnt to walk around, walk over and walk through any problems together, and did not know each other 18 months ago.
Together we can do so much more!
The next comments are not meant as being contentious to anyone, the way things like crime, litter, park neglect have slipped into a place that’s unacceptable is not one organisations problem it’s all our problems
Do you want a bloated council staff, more police and litter picking ticket maestros on the streets, easy to solve, pay more taxes! Or together we create new ways to transform little pockets of areas around the country starting with parks and open spaces.
Do you want an expanded hospital service to supply drugs and counselling because life makes us all blue sometimes?
Some problems remain a problem to us all, despite numerous calls to the right authorities before any action is taken, and then quite often under staff or lack of resources mean things never get done or responses are not quick enough.
We have developed some tricks to get things done quickly, however it’s best we all find ways to work together to the same goal.
Drug dealing problems
We all know once the police remove a drug dealer, by the time they get to the station for a well-earned cup of tea, another dealer has replaced them, leaving locals with the problem, smart parks offer a long term solution.
We all suffer problems of litter, whether it’s a selfish person or a business that does not take responsibility, annoys us all and is one of the highest singular reasons areas drop into rat infestation
seeing value in community well being, versus the real cost of improving parks and open spaces, we see both as equally valid, smart parks present a new way of thinking.
We welcome you to get involved.