Let's get together & arrest the decline of “our Ilkley riverside parks”
Friends of Ilkey Riverside Parks (FOIRP) called a Public Meeting last week to talk to people who care about the current state of our Parks and want to be involved in ensuring this much cherished community asset is nurtured and protected for the future.
FOIRP Chair, Ed Duguid, said “The meeting was a great success and a vindication of our view that people in Ilkley care about their environment and want to ensure it is maintained properly. It was great to see members of the Town Council, including the new Mayor, members of the business community, local residents and other action groups with a positive attitude towards planned improvements being put forward by FOIRP, so it’s certainly not all negative. These are great Park areas which people love to visit”
Currently, with the decimation of their resources and massive decline in their staff, the Council Parks Department can only “cut the grass 10 times a year and empty the bins twice a week”. Depending on what’s left over in the kitty there are only a small amount of funds available to replace or repair the deteriorating infrastructure of the Park’s areas. Benches have had to be removed because they are rotten, bins are rusting, paths and entrance areas are crumbling at the edges with broken fencing, and the Playground Equipment and Skate Board Park are passed their sell by date and flower beds are unable to be tended.
“All this can be quite different. we have good ideas on how we can tackle these issues and have been working up plans over the last 9 months”
And things have started to happen, some bench repairs, bulb plantings in the autumn have come out and the Raised beds at Riverside have been planted out with vibrant new perennials, litter picks when things get bad at Bank Holidays, and more recently Park Paths Edging. Plans are afoot to improve the Play Area and its equipment and several Work Parties are being formed to tackle some of the problem areas.
Ed added “FOIRP have a new Facebook page and hope to soon have their own website up and running, so there will be little excuse for people not knowing what is going on.”
If you think you would like to be involved in the work of this new group, please contact the Chair of FOIRP at: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find Friends of Ilkley Riverside Parks information on their Facebook page.
The next event is the 2nd park edging, 6:30 pm on Tuesday 21st May, meeting at the War Memorial at Riverside Park. Bring along a spade or Half Moon cutter and get edging!