Friendly Parks for All
The Richmond Council Parks Team is working to improve the impact, reach and quality of access to parks and open spaces in the borough to residents who experience barriers to access.
Currently the model is being developed in five parks:
The model of accessible Friendly Parks for All has been developed in consultation with several local care charities in order to meet the needs of their clients.
The model includes:
- Additional seating and resting places
- Improved paths and improved safe access to the pond at Barnes Green, entrance/exit markers and a meeting point to aid navigation and help orientate yourself within the park
- Signage and routes marked with specially designed way finders
- There are plans to include parking places adjacent to the park for blue badge holder
Accessibility guides have been developed for all five parks:
- Barnes Green (pdf, 2.0 MB)
- Carlisle Park (pdf, 1.4 MB)
- Ham Village Green (pdf, 586 KB)
- Heathfield Recreation Ground (pdf, 2.0 MB)
- Kneller Gardens (pdf, 1.7 MB)
Friendly Parks for All activities
As part of the Friendly Parks for All project there are free weekly activities held in one of the Friendly Parks.
Heathfield Sensory Trail
Heathfield Recreation Ground includes an accessible Sensory Trail and Sensory Path. There are also plans for an outdoor gym suitable for older people and people with limited mobility.
Updated: 19 March 2021