Liverpool health commission calls for new approaches to parks

A task group investigating new approaches to managing urban green spaces in Liverpool could be established following a probe into the city's health.

The Liverpool City Region Health is Wealth Commission last week released a report on public health that called for a parks task group to lead a debate on the future of green spaces.
The Health is Wealth Commission was established last year to examine the growing gap between Liverpool's booming economic performance and its worsening public health status.
In the final report, the commission recommends:

  • The establishment of a parks task group, to investigate a new approach to the management, maintenance and marketing of urban parks, and to include a broad membership from local government, friends groups, community organisations, urban design and heritage bodies, and business.
  • That, once established, the parks task group leads a high-profile public debate on the future of parks and the establishment of new management models and approaches.
  • A ‘design for health and wellbeing' initiative, led by the development of a designing for health and wellbeing good practice guide to inform the approach to all new development and design across the City-region.

The report noted that many parks have been left in decline and a key issue around under-utilisation relates to how safe people perceive public parks to be.
Commissioners were drawn from diverse professional backgrounds and were chaired by Sue Woodward OBE.
The Commission's findings were published as part of Liverpool's European Capital of Culture programme.

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