During August we surveyed 620 people about their views on three of our parks and gardens:
Here’s a summary of the feedback:
The majority of visitors were local people and the most common reasons for visiting was to use the play area, enjoy the fresh air and walk the dog. People liked having a large open space with a varied landscape so close to the town centre. But the number one issue was the condition of the bandstand. We are pleased to say that the Council has secured funding to rebuild the bandstand along with the shelter, which will be ready for use next summer.
There is even mix of residents and visitors from outside the area. They enjoy the peace and quiet away from the busy town centre and the wonderful flower boarders than fill the Gardens. When asked how we could improve it most people said it was perfect as it is. But a couple of visitors were interested in its history and this is something we are looking into.
Hall Leys Park
The park is well used by residents and visitors alike. It is particularly popular among families who like the play and sport facilities and the open space. Many people mentioned that the park has something for all ages and they enjoyed being in a well-kept green open space with a variety of facilities and colourful flower beds. The park is also a popular spot for having a coffee or lunch from either the café or from one of the many outlets around town. A few people did mentioned occasional anti-social behaviour on the skate park and we will work with local police community support workers to deal with this.
Love Parks Week 2020, in its 14th year, is Britain’s biggest celebration of these valuable spaces.
A District Council spokesperson said:
"We're proud to manage some of the region's most beautiful parks, gardens and open spaces. From the iconic, award-winning Hall Leys Park in Matlock and the recreation grounds in Ashbourne and Bakewell, to a whole host of smaller parks and gardens."