Does everyone feel welcome in parks?

If we are to provide an equality of offer for our green spaces, we need to look at diversity of space, character and function. And we need to make long-term maintenance a priority because without it green spaces will never be inviting or feel safe.

Parks and green spaces have become more valued during the lockdown but are they working hard enough for the communities they serve? And how do we make certain there is equality of access, with more, well-maintained green space in the areas that need it most?

LDA Design director, Andrew Harland joins a Future of London roundtable to discuss whether our parks are as inclusive as they could be. What works and what do we need to do better?

Andrew jointly led LDA Design’s work on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is project lead on the transformation of Burgess Park, turning what was once a ‘no-go’ for many within the local community into a much-loved, sociable urban green space. Other highlights include the four major new parks built in London over the last 15 years, and the regeneration of Gorky Park in Moscow.

Andrew joins a strong panel including Bridget Snaith, University of East London, and Dan Cook, CEO of the Landscape Institute.

This should be an insightful discussion exploring lived experience of equality issues. Do listen in if you can.

Parks and green space – does everyone feel welcome? 29 September, 9.30-11.15am

Image:  Burgess Park / Helena Smith 

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