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Can you help make our parks accessible to everyone?

Release Date: 20 January 2020

The Friendly Parks for All project, managed by Richmond Council, want to hear from residents who have visual impairments and their families, to help improve accessibility in parks and open spaces across the borough.

The Friendly Parks for All project, managed by Richmond Council, want to hear from residents who have visual impairments and their families, to help improve accessibility in parks and open spaces across the borough.

The project aims to improve multisensory visitor experiences in Richmond, making sure our parks are accessible for all. As part of this, the Parks Team want to understand how residents who are blind or those with visual impairments currently use our parks, what the barriers are when they do visit and what the Council can do to help.

All feedback will be carefully considered to inform future design, initially at Kneller Gardens, which will be a trial site later this year.

Cllr Martin Elengorn, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee, said:

“Everyone should be able to use our parks and open spaces.

“The Friendly Parks model includes improvements such as installing extra seating and resting places, improving paths, and making signage as clear as possible.

“A key part of knocking down the barriers to access is hearing your thoughts and experiences, so if relevant then please take the time to fill in the survey.”

You can share your views now by filling in the online survey or requesting a paper copy.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Fenna Maynard on 020 8487 5182.

Reference: P021/20

Updated: 05 March 2021