Olympic and Commonwealth Games Legacy
Glasgow City Council has protected 27 outdoor recreation areas across the city for future generations as part of their Commonwealth Games legacy.
At the dedication event, the leader of Glasgow City Council, Frank McAveety, recognised the mental and physical health benefits for Glaswegians that their public parks and playing fields provide. These green spaces will now be available for play, recreation, leisure or sport, forever.
The sites in the scheme cover some well-known parks in the city including Cathkin Braes, Rosshall Park and Glasgow Green, but also include neighbourhood playing fields and recreation grounds.
The Rio Olympics are now well underway with the Paralympics to follow soon after. Inspired by watching elite athletes, many young people will be getting active on their local parks and playing fields over the school summer holidays.
Four years ago the start of the London Olympics coincided with Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge which saw 1,380 Queen Elizabeth II Fields created. All manner of parks, sports pitches, playgrounds, nature reserves, bicycle trails and more are available for community use both now and for future generations. Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths reflects on the Olympic legacy.
Fields in Trust welcomed the announcement of the Communities and Local Government Committee Parliamentary Inquiry into the impact of reduced local authority budgets on open spaces. We look forward to sharing our analysis with the inquiry.
The Committee have an open questionnaire and are inviting all park users and Friends groups from across the UK to share their insights and suggestions. You can also comment on social media using #MyParkMatters.
Aviva will soon be opening their community fund for 2016. The scheme supports projects related to health and well-being, activities for children and young people and support for family life. Lots of potential for funding activities on your Fields in Trust protected site! If your project will have positive effects on your community have a look at the guidelines on the Aviva site and prepare an application for September 13th when applications open.
Many thanks to our nine #teamFIT riders taking part in the Prudential RideLondon event who all crossed the line successfully last week having completed the tough 100 mile course.
We are grateful to all of our challenge event participants who walk, run and cycle to support our work. If you are inspired by these amazing achievements and would like to take on a challenge event to raise money for Fields in Trust then please get in touch with our Fundraising Officer, Genevieve Hinchliff.