The second State of UK Parks report, commissioned by HLF, will provide both an important update and detailed assessment of the considerable challenges facing public park and park services across the country.
It follows the first State of UK Parks report, published in 2014, which warned parks were heading for serious decline due to funding cuts.
The research project is being led by parks expert Peter Neal and Community First Partnership. Its success relies heavily on the participation of the sector and in particular park managers and community groups, Neal said.
"For this review to have the weight and influence it deserves it is essential that we have a high level of returns to the surveys that we are currently running," he explained.
"This year we are particularly focusing on reducing budgets and the impact on staffing and skills, approaches to generating income and the transfer or disposal of park assets. These are all critical issues for the sector."
Both park managers and Friends groups are being surveyed for the report, with responses now due by 6 May. All details are available at www.stateofukparks.org.uk.