Why parks?

Leeds is one of the greenest cities in the UK and we would like to keep it that way!

Whether you use them for walking the dog, taking your children to the playground, kicking a football around, watching wildlife or just for a quick lunch break, public parks provide something for everyone and this is why we think they are so special and worth supporting.

Not just parks

The fund isn’t just about formal parks; it aims to enhance other types of public green spaces like woodlands, public rights of way, flower beds, cemeteries, village greens, recreation grounds and nature reserves too. There are over 600 public green spaces in the city.

Benefits of public green space

Good quality parks and other public green spaces are essential for making cities great places to visit, work and live in. They are extremely popular, with over 90% of Leeds residents using them, so the fund has been set up to provide a means for people who care about them to give something back.

The many benefits of parks include; improving health and reducing obesity; reducing stress, depression and anxiety; providing homes for wildlife and places for children to play, bringing communities together and beautifying the city. They also make a positive contribution to the environment by helping to keep the air clean and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Facts

  • Leeds parks are used by 91% of the city’s residents
  • 75% of park users go to their favourite park at least once every two weeks in the summer
  • There are 70 formal parks in Leeds ranging from the city parks like Roundhay and Golden Acre to community parks like Springhead in Rothwell, Horsforth Hall park and Cross Flatts park in Beeston
  • A daily walk in the park reduces the risk of a heart attack by 50%
  • Simply viewing nature can produce significant recovery from stress within five minutes
  • The most popular reasons for visiting Leeds parks are to get some fresh air, go for a walk, enjoy nature, exercise and to relax