Each year the council coordinates a parks assessment exercise where most city green spaces are rated on a series of indicators in seven categories spanning everything from maintenance to marketing.
Council officers work alongside trained community volunteers, and then the numbers are duly crunched and presented in a report. The 2013 report has been published recently, and you can find the full thing here.
To save you wading through it we’ve pulled out the key bits that Leithers may be interested in below.
1. The Leith area still has the worst quality parks in the city but at least they’re improving.
2. Pilrig Park and Dalmeny Street park are getting worse
3. Leith Links doesn’t make the grade
Leith Links is designated as a premier park – that means it’s supposed to be maintained in a similar way to the Meadows, Princes Street Gardens and Saughton Park. Sadly, the council assessment shows that this still isn’t happening, despite recent investment in the park.
Another council analysis of the 2011 census data showed that the Leith Walk ward is now one of the most densely populated places in the UK outside London. As a consequence Leithers have less access to green space than most other parts of the city – and therefore it’s important that what we do have is well maintained.
If you think the council could try harder, by for example, allocating the money needed to upgraded the Leith Links play facilities, then you could consider contacting your councillor about it. We’d be delighted to hear what they have to say. And of course, if you want to help do something practical about it, you could consider joining us, or one of the growing number of Friends of Parks groups.
Photo credit: Scott Walker