Chesterfield has a large number of well maintained parks, open spaces and playgrounds.
We recognise that our parks and open spaces are an essential part of urban life, providing opportunities for relaxation, education, exercise, social gatherings, sport and a range of cultural activities. We also have two free outdoor gyms at Eastwood Park and Holmebrook Valley Park, both of which have a range of outdoor gym equipment.
The ecological and environmental value of green space is also important, and we know that green spaces need to be at the heart of the regeneration of Chesterfield and our local communities.
New draft strategy
The original strategy for Chesterfield's parks and open spaces was launched by the council in 2003. A new draft strategy has now been written, based on research of best practice and consultation with partners.
Since 2003, more than £8.25 million of capital has been invested to improve Chesterfield's parks. Over 20 friends of parks groups have been established and they've played an important role in attracting grant funding for projects, as well as in organising events and activities. Public satisfaction with parks and open spaces has risen by 18 per cent and now stands at 73 per cent.
The deadline for commenting on the draft strategy has now passed. You can still read the draft strategy, which is available through the links below.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback. We hope to launch the new strategy in autumn 2014.