South Park, one of Darlington’s much-loved parks, is set to receive a boost following the formation of a new foundation.
Members of the local business community, the Friends of South Park group and Darlington’s Roundtable have joined forces to create the Darlington South Park Foundation, which will strategically look for ways to enhance the park and ensure the park’s sustainability for the long-term future.
Supported by Groundwork NE & Cumbria and Darlington Borough Council, the foundation will engage with the public to gather thoughts on what the priorities for the park will be.
This will contribute to maintaining the park’s Green Flag status and enhance key areas of the park, which could include activities and events, crowdfunding, donations, sponsorship and life events.
Nick Clark, foundation member and Community Services Officer for Darlington Bondgate Round Table, said: “The South Park Foundation is an exciting development for Darlington that we as a local organisation are proud to be a part of.
“Green spaces are essential for everyone and this foundation promises to help maximise what is already a great park.”
In February 2017, vandals destroyed a children’s play area in South Park. Groundwork NE & Cumbria helped to set up a crowdfunding appeal, with £24,000 being raised within four months.
The funds raised allowed the damaged equipment to be replaced. This highlighted the importance and significance of the park and the support from local people and businesses to see it kept in good repair.
Councillor Nick Wallis, Cabinet member for leisure and the environment at Darlington Borough Council, said: “The response from local residents and businesses after the vandalism last year was fantastic and it’s great that this new foundation has been established.
“We look forward to working with its members, Groundwork NE & Cumbria and others to help maintain and enhance South Park for many more generations to enjoy.”
As part of their efforts, the Darlington South Park Foundation is asking anyone who uses the park or anyone who would be interested in volunteering to fill out a questionnaire. The information gained from this questionnaire will help form the group’s priorities for the future.
The questionnaire can be found on the SurveyMonkey website. Alternatively, you can call 01642 815663 for further information.
Source: Darlington Borough Council