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Rethinking Parks: PARK HACK

Over the next two years Groundwork London, The London Borough of Hackney and Gensler will be one of only 11 partnerships in the country developing a Rethinking Parks initiatives. Our initiative is called Park Hack.

Rethinking Parks is a programme established in 2013 by Nesta, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to back a small number of pioneering initiatives in the UK who are tasked with exploring and testing new business models for parks in the 21st Century.

Like many other public services our public parks are under increasing pressure, with limited resources available for maintenance and management. We need ambitious new business models, management tools and partnerships to create a more sustainable future for the way our parks are used and maintained. Not only could this lead to greater financial security for parks, it could also create new opportunities for employment and education, increased health and wellbeing and greater biodiversity.

Working in partnership with the London Borough of Hackney and Gensler we have secured funding for a pilot project designed to create  lasting links between Shoreditch businesses and the local parks on their doorsteps. We have begun consulting businesses on how to maximise the potential of four green spaces in Shoreditch; Charles Square, Mark Street Gardens, Hackney Road Recreation Ground and Hoxton Square. We are now working with local businesses to develop mutually beneficial opportunities for them to invest in future use of these green spaces for the benefit of the whole community.

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