Here are some of the the things Corporation Park Supporters Group Volunteers do throughout the year
Safety in the park
A funding application for CCTV and signage surrounding the gatehouse and remembrance gardens via the Police Crime Commissioner was successful, and the new CCTV system has been installed in November 2020.
Promoting the facilities in the park during lockdown
A team of CPSG volunteers along with the park staff cleared the top two tennis courts of the rotten plastic tennis lines, nails, rubbish, weeds, and cut back the overgrown shrubs. In July the CPSG spent £500 (from our fund raising pot) on new tennis nets, tennis posts and winders to refurbish the three bottom tennis courts. A further sum is being spent on new basketball hoops (the basketball frame is being made free by apprentices from the WEC group), and nets for the multi user area across from Quegs.
Dog agility lessons: The lower tennis court and multi user area was cleared of weeds and rubbish by the CPSG and parks staff so it could be used for a dog agility course. This has proved popular and the dog agility lessons have now moved onto the now safe top tennis courts.
In May 2020 we put up around the park some ‘Love Your Park’ A4 posters to promote the work we do as a group.
The four stolen Discovery trail plaques (which we paid to be remade), were reinstated in October 2020.
The CPSG are promoting cycling activities within the park. The canals and rivers trust have secured funding from the Tackling Inequalities fund and are keen to promote active travel in Corporation Park and along the canal.
The Access Ability project are working with some amazing individuals who have Autism, and are creating chances and changing lives to help them into employment. The CPSG have been in the park with these individuals on Wednesdays working with them on projects such as litter picking, and assisting with the ‘Feed the birds, not the rats’ campaign.
‘Feed the birds, not the rats’ campaign
A CPSG initiative, to stop users of the park feeding the bird’s waste food, for
example rice, curries and chapattis. Leaflets were designed by the CPSG and packets of bird seeds handed out to the park users. Leaflets were also hand posted to nearby properties.On16th July on the Community platform UCTV a member of the CPSG spoke with Anjum Anwar to promote the ’feed the birds not the rats ‘campaign.
On 27 August 2013 Corporation Park, the Entrance Gateway and Lodge were upgraded to Grade II* listed.
Grade II* are particularly important of more than special interest.
This national review by English Heritage has identified it as an early park, integral to Blackburn’s mid C19 expansion and improvements, with its original design relatively little altered.
The new outdoor gym based on the Broadwalk was opened on Sunday 11 December 2016 at the Santa Dash event.
Pictured are Cheryl the CPSG Chairman with the Mayor and Mayoress.
The Gym was paid for by the Park Supporters Group funds and SUEZ UK.
SUEZ UK is a British waste management and recycling company, established in 1988, and is management company with a vision.
'We want to live in a society where there is no more waste, a society where waste materials are reused, recycled or recovered for their energy content'.
Keeping fit and healthy, the Gym is very popular with park users.
What a great opportunity to do some exercise, for free, in the fresh air, amongst the trees, birds and other wildlife, whilst meeting other like minded people.
Blackburn Road Runners training in the park in August 2019 and Santa Dash 2016
Members of the park supporters group, Councilors and Council staff met at the town hall to discuss ideas for community engagement strategy and a potential refurbishment for the conservatory.
An artists impression of the Conservatory by Maryam Rehman
For an aerial view of the Conservatory please click here this link which will open in a new window.
Time & the weather has taken it's toll on this unique structure. The conservatory is now closed to visitors.
Many local people who live in the area and people who have moved out of the area have very fond memories of the park and the Conservatory.
Mr Wayne Hemingway who grew up in Blackburn was recently in town and ran through every nook and cranny of the park. He said ' the Conservatory is indeed very beautiful, the park is looking magnificent and the town can be very proud of what the supporters group are doing to ensure that Corporation Park retains its beauty '.
Our Community Our Future grant & a Community grant from New Ground Together has enabled us to renovate the Gatehouse and veranda back to their former glory. Where we held our first event supporting social integration.
The £135k new play area design. August 2020: the fantastic new playground is open.
Sunday 8th March 2020 Wellness workshop in the gatehouse
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