Town Park Scoops Top Award in ‘Get Active’ category
Telford Town Park has scooped a prestigious Fields in Trust (FIT) Award, coming top in its category above 360 other publicly nominated parks.
Sponsored by parkrun and England Athletics, the ‘Get Active’ award was presented to the Telford Town Park Arena team during a glittering ceremony at Lords Cricket Ground.
Cabinet member for Leisure, Green Spaces & parks, Councillor John Minor said: “This award shines a light on the efforts and achievements of those whose dedication ensures our well-maintained and plentiful outdoor spaces can be enjoyed.
“After the park won the FIT Green Flag Award in October, again voted for by the public, this reinforces the message that our park is amazing and people really do love it.
“So much hard work goes into making the area a wonderful place for people to take part in all sorts of activities. I’d like to thank everyone including the tireless volunteers who contribute and make the park a vibrant and exciting place to be.”
The ‘Getting Active (Informal Activities)’ category was won with the help of a treasure hunt-style app, ‘Go Wild Active Adventure’ designed by Ben Harper, senior sports manager at Energize in conjunction with the team at Telford Town Park.
More than 40 families used the app that combines technology and the great outdoors, to explore wider areas of the park and discover new ways to learn about wildlife and the area’s heritage.
In the ‘Getting Active (Individual Sports)’ section, the increasingly popular parkrun, now with 400-550 participants each week, compared to 250-300 last year, plus junior parkrun with 100+ four to 14 year olds, helped secure the award along with the arena’s ‘couch to 5k’ programme.
Fields in Trust Head of Programmes Angela Lewis said: “We all know the physical and mental health benefits of being more active, especially outdoors, but not everyone enjoys team sports, so our Getting Active awards also recognise individual sports and informal activity. It is great to see how Energize has worked in partnership with the Friends of Telford Town Park in such an innovative way to fill the Arena with so many people participating and enjoying their protected green space.”
Now in their sixth year, the Awards are organised by The Fields in Trust Charity, which counts His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge as its President and protects the UK’s vital open spaces, from sports pitches to children’s playgrounds, bicycle trails and country parks, safeguarding them for future generations.
Taking the top award for UK's Best Park was Stanley Park, Blackpool, a prize won by Telford Town Park in 2015.
Other recent awards for the town park include UK Best Park in 2015, Have a Field Day 2013 and Regional partner – central England 2016.
Image Caption: Telford Town park award presentation with awards host Jacqui Oatley, sports broadcaster; Nick Pearson Chief Executive, parkrun; Chris Pettman, Friends of Telford Town Park; Jackie Jones, Telford and Wrekin Council, Ben Harper, Energize-Telford and Wrekin; Chris Jones, Chief Executive England Athletics.