Responding to Love Parks Week, which starts today, Cllr Ian Stephens, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said:
"Councils understand how important parks are to residents and the value they place on them. We also know that having access to natural spaces improves mental wellbeing, helps people to recover from injuries and illness faster, and improves productivity for workers with access to them from nearby offices and factories.
“This is why councils are using them to promote health and fitness, local heritage, public art, festivals and wildlife walks.
“Despite facing substantial and significant funding pressures, councils are taking innovative approaches to using park spaces, such as providing pop-up spaces, hosting local events and giving communities a say in how their parks are run. Ensuring parks remain open and accessible to our communities is a key concern for councils.”