Youngsters help to shape future of parks in Rastrick

Rastrick Big Local school consultation to see what play equipment children want in the area.
Rastrick Big Local school consultation to see what play equipment children want in the area.

Rastrick youngsters have been helping to shape the future with ideas on how to improve the parks and green spaces in the area.

Nearly 40 pupils from six schools in the Rastrick Big Local area came together at Carr Green Primary School to discuss what they would like to see in the community.

The event organised by the Rastrick Big Local partnership with the help of partners from Calderdale Council, was held to ensure they got a wide range of opinions before they decide how to spend the £1million awarded last February.

Councillor Beal, who chairs the Big Local community engagement group, was very impressed and said: “Getting so many young people together, under one roof, working together so enthusiastically, and coming up with so many great ideas for improving parks and play areas was fantastic, and an inspiration to all of us adults involved in Big Local.

“It’s just what Big Local should be about, bringing people together who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity, working in partnership to make Rastrick an even better place to live.”

Council staff had prepared large maps of all the parks and green spaces in Rastrick, together with a catalogue of all the different types of play equipment available. The discussion was held along ‘world café’ lines where the pupils split into groups, and moved around the room putting forward ideas for improving the parks.

Tony Mullin, Rastrick’s Big Local rep who help facilitate the session emphasised the importance of keeping these young people involved

“The involvement of the pupils so far has been absolutely first class, as has the support of their schools and teachers. We really need the youngsters to stay involved, not just to help develop the parks project, but also to get involved in other parts of the Big Local Programme. I’ve never seen so many young people from different schools working together, it would be a huge shame if we didn’t harness that energy and enthusiasm.”

Although the information has yet to be fully analysed, some of the key ideas to emerge included more seating, more equipment and activities aimed at older children and a skatepark.