This is a summary of a report on local views of priorities for Victoria Park. A copy of the full report is also available.

What Local People want for Victoria Park

Following its establishment in March 2014 the Friends of Victoria Park (FoVP) carried out some early work to find out what local people wanted to see developed on their park. A report which sets out these priorities is now available to members of FoVP, and to others with an interest in the park, for them to consider. The conclusions of the report will help guide the future work of the Friends group.

The main conclusions of the report are:

Victoria Park is highly valued by local people. It is a very important feature of the local area. However, it was felt that the park could offer better facilities for local people. Very high on the list were:

  • Quiet garden and sitting areas
  • A bandstand or focal point for small events
  • A refreshment facility for the park
  • Drinking water fountains
  • Areas for picnics and barbecues

The park is used by many different groups of people. To meet the needs of different groups local people particularly wanted to see:

  • Nature trails
  • Adventure type equipment for older children
  • Better play areas
  • A youth facility such as a youth hut
  • A fitness trail across the park

The facilities that people want developed, and the wider things they say about the park, tell us that currently Victoria Park is not fully meeting the needs of local people as a local park. We found three reasons why:

  1. There is a conflict between the role of the park as a venue for large events and city-wide sporting provision, and its role as a local park to meet the needs of local people.
  2. Victoria Park is lacking in facilities, seen in the priorities listed above, which attract people to use the park on a day-to-day basis for pleasure and recreation.
  3. The facilities that do exist are mainly clustered into the north-east one corner of the park, a long way from many potential park users.

We came to three wider conclusions about the park based on the views of local people:

  1. A rebalancing of the role of the park between city-wide and local functions would allow more effective use of space for meeting local needs
  2. New and improved facilities for Victoria Park need to be provided for it to better provide for local people
  3. The development of facilities on the southern side of the park would offer much better access for those living to the south of the park and encourage greater use of the park.

This is a summary of a report on local views of priorities for Victoria Park. A copy of the full report is also available.