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6) Extension work: promoting parks, designing features

Promoting historic public parks

Children can propose ways of promoting the park and advertising its facilities in order to encourage more people to use it. This can link with work in literacy through writing for different audiences and purposes.

  • Explain what is special about the park and its importance to the community. Describe what there is for visitors to see and do, and present this information as a promotional leaflet.
  • Devise a special events programme for the year to encourage different groups of people to come to the park? Draw up a calendar and post it on the park notice board.
  • Plan a weekend of family events for the park and produce a series of adverts for them. Post these on the park notice board.
  • Encourage local people to set up sporting teams or clubs that use the park's facilities. Think about which clubs or teams could be based there and design posters to encourage people to join. Place these on the park notice board.
  • Suggest rules for the park, explaining why these are necessary. Compile a list, thinking carefully about use and tone of language. Write these on the park notice board.
  • Devise a job description for a manager, park keeper or ranger for the park and post this on the park notice board.

Design features

Children can design various elements for the park.

  • Novelty seating
  • Attractive fencing
  • Decorative litter bins
  • A new gate
  • A logo for the park

The resource files fences and railings, gates and entrances, litter bins and seats show children what is currently seen in parks. Talk about their design and the materials used. Photographs from what grows in a park, flowers in parks and photographs of wildlife will help to stimulate children's ideas for new designs.

Look at symbols and logos to see a range of park logo designs.