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Elsecar Park Shines In County Awards

Wednesday October 2 2013

Elsecar Park Elsecar Park

EVERYTHING has come up roses for Elsecar Park with Yorkshire in Bloom applauding its popularity and its 'dedicated volunteers'.

The park won a prestigious gold rose award from the judges who said its range of facilities was clearly the reason it was so popular.

The picnic and sandpit area, bandstand performance site, well maintained terraced gardens, children's activity area and café - and a reservoir with nature and wildlife spots - were 'all part of an award-winning park which hosted a range of events and activities through the year'.

Yorkshire in Bloom also said the high levels of maintenance of a public park, with considerable visitor numbers, were to be applauded.

Judges remarked: "This is achieved with the practical support of a number of dedicated volunteers, particularly in the terraced garden and reservoir wildlife areas."

Judges suggested further areas of development would be embarking on a programme of infrastructure refurbishment and repair. This would ensure future generations continued to enjoy the park.

Linda Webster, of the Friends of Elsecar Park group, said: "This is brilliant news for the park. It shows what the council can do. You have got to go a long way to find somewhere that has so many things in it for people to do."

Barnsley Council announced this month that it will no longer have funds to repair or replace play equipment, and concerns were raised last week about what impact this might have on an attraction like Elsecar Park.

But Linda said: "The park is a flagship for the council and a tourist attraction in its own right. Over the winter, the Friends will be looking for a new project to do in the park."

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Reply Posted by Park Visitor on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 16:19
Congratulations to BMBC and the 'Friends of Elsecar Park'

I visit the park on a fairly regular basis and without doubt it is the best park in the Borough. I believe that the park has a dedicated park keeper who takes pride in the appearance of the park. He is to be commended. Improvement is still possible and I look forward to seeing what the 'friends' will come up with as their winter project.

Incidentally, why can't the council have a dedicated park keeper directly responsible for all the parks in the borough? To me this would be much better than having teams of grass cutters who have no ultimate responsibility for the appearance of the parks.

Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 19:23
The park hasn't had a 'park keeper' for many many years. The cafe is now leased from the council. The council does invest money in keeping the park in good condition but it is the volunteers who should be credited for doing so much work year in, year out to keep it pristine.

Reply Posted by Park Visitor on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 22:26
Are you sure about the park keeper? I believe it is the only park in the borough to have a dedicated park keeper.

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 19:45
Well done to all concerned, its looking fab, its a pleasure to visit.

Reply Posted by jan on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 23:55
Elsecar Park is an absolute credit to Barnsley, and the surrounding areas. Congratulations to all involved, It is lovely to visit and see Families there of all ages enjoying themselves, teenagers having a kick about being polite. kiddies feeding the ducks. keep it up, as its a pleasure to visit

Reply Posted by gemma on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 09:23
they is a park keeper! which is my dad he works for the council! n keeps the park lookin its best with his helpers! hes locks the gate n unlocks, cleans the park n looks after the grounds! n does the gardenin! so must say its bad how he dusnt gt mentioned in this award! he went to the award night n didnt even gt asked to collect the award! after all his hard work! but well done dad (mick) n al your helpers up there! x

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 19:59
Well done to mick and what a lovely daughter you have posting how proud she is of you.