In September we ran an online survey to ask people to share their views about parks to help inform the development of the MyParkScotland project. This generated a lot of interest with over 100 people completing the survey on the first day. A big thank you to everyone who responded.
Overall the responses indicate that people highly value their parks and most people felt their local parks were in a decent condition, but there was still a desire for significant improvements. Many respondents would like more events to take place in parks and for information about events and activities to be more readily available. ‘Friends of’ groups were mentioned throughout the survey with many respondents already being members of a group or suggesting the establishment of one as a means to encourage donations and community involvement or being interested in offering their time to help improve local parks. The survey found that people would be most encouraged to donate money towards specific projects and/or if they could see tangible results from their donation.
People also shared stories about their favourite parks and treasured memories of parks – from the heart-warming first kisses and marriage proposals, to the childhood delights of feeding ducks, rolling down grassy banks, playing tig and games of rounders with over 100 people playing!
You can read the full survey report here