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2) Resources: role cards

Role-play cards

Local council representative

Students examining a park gate

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You are the Chair of the meeting. It is your duty to remind all members of the need to comply with the conditions of the grant when presenting their ideas. You also need to manage the meeting, ensuring that everyone has an equal and fair opportunity to present their ideas and respond to the ideas of others. It will be your responsibility to draw together the final outcome ensuring there is a consensus of agreement.

Before the meeting, think about:

  • How you will structure the meeting?
  • How to manage disagreement and any dispute?
  • How to formulate an agreed proposal?

Park keeper

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You have a lifelong interest in plants and started work for the parks and gardens team three years ago when there was a plan to develop the park. Unfortunately, the plans amounted to nothing and you have seen even further decline, including a reduction in staff. As you spend so much of your time in the park you are familiar with the many problems associated with its upkeep and the antisocial behaviour of different groups.

Before the meeting, think about:

  • Which areas you would like see repaired or reinstated?
  • What new developments you would like to see?
  • What issues are involved in maintaining the park?

Local elderly resident

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Students looking at a date inscriptionYou have lived in the area most of your life and have many happy memories of the park, including going there as a child and then with your own children. You still walk around the park each day with your dog and are sad to see so much damage and so many derelict features. You feel that many facilities and buildings should be repaired for the benefit of local people and groups.

Before the meeting, think about:

  • Why the park is important to you?
  • Why you visited the park in the past and what you did?
  • What could the park offer people your age?
  • How might the area's past be commemorated in the park?

Fundraiser for local wildlife organisation

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You are passionate about wildlife and work in a voluntary capacity as fundraiser for a local wildlife trust. You feel that the park's restoration offers many potential educational opportunities for young and old alike.

Before the meeting, think about:

  • How you would protect the different species that currently live in the park?
  • How to educate visitors about the importance of the park as habitats for a diverse range of wildlife?
  • How you would encourage visitors to support wildlife fundraising campaigns?
  • How you would involve members of the community in protecting local wildlife?

Parent with two young children

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Students standing in front of a derelict park buildingYou are a parent with two pre-school children. You only have a small garden for them to play in. Occasionally you meet up with a friend and her young child, who live in an upstairs flat. You both really need somewhere for your children to play as they grow up. The park is nearby but it is neglected and not a pleasant place to be in.

Before the meeting, think about:

  • What you would like for your children in the park?
  • What other facilities would make your visit more enjoyable?
  • What would encourage you to use the park more frequently?
  • How the park could be made safer for young children to play?


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You attend a local school and enjoy hanging out with your friends, but there's not really anywhere good to meet after school. Sometimes you go to the park at weekends but it's boring.

Before the meeting, think about:

  • What you don't like about the park?
  • What you think could be good about the park?
  • What activities you would like to do or facilities you would you like to see?
  • What you and your friends could do in the park after school or at weekends?

Tourism officer

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Your role is to promote the town/city to tourists - those who come for a day and those who come for weekend breaks. You must also encourage them to stay in the area and use facilities that support the local economy. This park has a good central position.

Before the meeting, think about:

  • Which people would want to visit the park?
  • What would attract tourists to the park?
  • What events or activities in the park will attract local and distant visitors?
  • How and where will you promote the park?

Young person in a wheelchair

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Students looking at an ornamental pondYou live nearby, and although you use a wheelchair, you enjoy taking part in competitive sports. The park has disused courts and rough grassed areas that you feel could be developed for a range of sport facilities. You also use the park as a route to local shops and amenities, but the paths are uneven and there are some steps in places. This, you notice, makes it equally difficult for families with prams to use the park.

Before the meeting, think about:

  • What sporting activities could the park offer you and able-bodied people?
  • What consideration needs to be made when planning routes and new features in the park?
  • What provision needs to be made for you in any planned new facilities or conversions?

Blind visitor

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You regularly visit relatives who live near the park. One of your main hobbies is gardening and you take advantage of your visit to explore the park, enjoying the smell and touch of plants and shrubs over different seasons. Sadly, over the past few years there has been less and less to enjoy owing to a decline in maintenance and a reduction in the number of flower beds.

Before the meeting, think about:

  • How the garden areas could be planned to help visitors with visual impairment?
  • What type of plants could be introduced to the park for your enjoyment?
  • What safety measures need to be incorporated in new developments?

Local shopkeeper

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Students examining the brickwork of a gatewayYou own a general store near the main entrance to the park, but business is declining. More people now drive to large new supermarkets, whilst fewer people visit the park. Not all the ground floor of your large premises is used now. You think you might make more money by selling snacks and takeaway hot food, or perhaps opening a café in the unused space.

Before the meeting, think about:

  • How a renovated park will help your business?
  • What developments in the park could impact on your business?
  • How your plans might affect the park?