Parks for people : examining the creation and refurbishment of a public park

Hayes, SJ ORCID: and Dockerill, B 2020, 'Parks for people : examining the creation and refurbishment of a public park' , Landscape Research .

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This paper takes an historical perspective to examine the social and community motivations for public parks and their funding. Public parks can be some of the most valuable green infrastructure assets; understanding why they were created and how they have developed can usefully inform current international practice. Analysis is of one the UK’s first public parks, Peel Park, Salford, Greater Manchester and draws on documentary material from the Park’s creation in the 1840s and its refurbishment in the 2010s. Common and long-lived expectations for community cohesion are found, but for contemporary management we highlight the importance of park quality and understanding public parks as part of wider equality issues. We also argue that entrepreneurial municipalism and diversified funding arrangements introduce diverse politics and interests to park provision. A lack of government funding, and thus a reliance on charitable and philanthropic sources, also potentially categorise public park provision as non-essential.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Landscape Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0142-6397
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Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2020 12:36
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 05:48

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