Parks foundations are non-profit organisations that support a park or parks with time, expertise, and privately raised funds. In 2014, Bournemouth Borough Council was awarded a grant from the first round of Rethinking Parks funding to set up a parks foundation for Bournemouth’s parks and greenspaces. The Bournemouth Parks Foundation’s success has since inspired others to set up their own foundations. In this second round of Rethinking Parks we are supporting Leeds City Council, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Bristol City Council and Bath and North East Somerset Council to set up their own parks foundations.
Parks like many other public services have been affected by local authority budget cuts. That means that local authorities do not always have enough time or funds to dedicate to parks. We support parks foundations because: