Tracey has welcomed Luton Millennium Green’s as one of the successful applicants of the Pocket Parks programme that the Government recently launched to support up to 100 pocket parks.
A Pocket Park is a small area of inviting public space where people can enjoy relief from the hustle and bustle of city streets.
The programme received well over 100 applications, demonstrating again how important the quality of local green space is for people, not only in improving their local surroundings, but also in bringing their community together to achieve a common end. A wide range of community organisations were represented showing enthusiasm for the concept and ambition for their projects.
Applications ranged from street scene improvements to revitalising derelict areas in housing estates as community gardens and the creation of exciting activity areas for children and young people, to the establishment of small and pleasant areas to rest in busy town and city centres; the range of projects is humbling.
These winning bids all have a strong community focus at the core of their plans and their designers have thought up highly creative ideas to turn unloved urban spaces into the green lungs of their communities that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Tracey said: “I welcome today’s announcement and am delighted that the Luton Millenium Green has been successfully selected to be a Pocket Park. Increasing the availability of green space draws more people outside, giving people in Medway more space to relax, exercise, get together with their neighbours, grow food and provide a safe space for their children to play.I look forward to supporting the project as they work to establish their pocket parks and offer my best wishes to all the other successful communities.”