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1) About this activity

Children work in groups to formulate plans for the improvement of their local park (or a nearby park that you have identified). They visit the park to assess its current facilities and devise ways of consulting with the local community and visitors to the park about suggesting improvements.

The aims are that:

  • They understand the value and importance of public parks to a wide range of communities and users.
  • They appreciate that the right to use and enjoy shared property carries a responsibility to respect and look after it.
  • They look at why rules are needed, how they are made and enforced.
  • They realise the consequences on individuals and communities of anti-social behaviour in shared public spaces.
  • They visit a local park to assess its facilities, then plan how to consult with people about improving a local public park.
  • They understand the role of the council in making decisions and prioritising resources on behalf of the local community.
  • They learn about the legal and democratic ways that individuals and groups can influence decisions that affect their environment.

This activity is supported by downloadable photographs and activity sheets.

Depending upon the age of the park, this activity can link with History Unit 12 ‘How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?' Unit 18 ‘What was it like to live here in the past?' and Geography Unit 6 ‘Investigating our local area'. Many of the activities can also support objectives in the Framework for Literacy.

Historic parks offer great potential for cross-curricular work. Suggestions to help you are outlined in Exploring Historic Parks.