Clifton Park celebrates People’s Choice AwardPublished Tuesday, 18th October 2016
Rotherham’s beautiful Clifton Park is officially one of the nation’s favourite green spaces following a public vote.
The park was one of just ten in the whole of the UK to be successful in Keep Britain Tidy’s “People’s Choice” Awards.
To celebrate 20 years of the organisation’s Green Flag scheme, which recognises parks which boast the highest possible standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent facilities, a special People’s Choice Award was launched earlier this year.
Clifton Park was awarded a prestigious Green Flag for the sixth time in July and the public were then given the opportunity to vote for it as one of their favourite parks in the UK.
The park is one of Rotherham’s major attractions, with many families travelling from across the borough and beyond, to enjoy its open green spaces, gardens, entertainment facilities and the popular Clifton Park Museum.
A great deal of investment has gone into the park over recent years, including £7.5m* between 2008 and 2011 to deliver a major restoration project that brought the walled garden back into use and replaced the derelict paddling pool with an innovative splash park, one of the most modern and impressive in Britain.
In addition, a play park was designed in consultation with young people with eight separate zones including a skate plaza, sand area, chill out area and an “enchanted wood”.
Clifton Park is hugely popular with people of all ages, with a wide variety of attractions including beautiful gardens, tennis courts, events, traditional amusement park, crazy golf and even a land train to take visitors to the Museum and back.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Working and Cultural Services, Cllr Taiba Yasseen, said she was delighted that the hard work of the staff behind the scenes and the tireless efforts of the park’s “Friends” group had been rewarded.
“It was fantastic that Clifton Park retained its Green Flag this summer, but to be voted for a People’s Choice Award as well is the icing on the cake!
“Clifton Park is rightly popular with people from across Rotherham and even further afield, who come here for a great day out.
“As well the staff who work there, the support of Friends of Clifton Park has been invaluable in achieving this success and of course, the contribution of the many visitors who enjoy its facilities each week.
“A big thank you to all involved - including those who took the time to vote and helped the park achieve this wonderful accolade.”
Elaine Humphries, Chair of The Friends of Clifton Park group added: “The Friends of Clifton Park are absolutely delighted that our park has been awarded the People’s Choice Award as this really reflects the love that generations of local people have for Clifton Park and Museum and all the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers who make it a beautiful place to be.
"The park has special memories for me as I have regularly visited Clifton Park since childhood and I was honoured to be involved in its recent renaissance as the Chair of the Friends Group and it is such a joy to see families enjoying the park making full use of all it has to offer.”
Clifton Park qualified for the People’s Choice nomination because it recently won a Green Flag award. It is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces to receive a Green Flag Award this year.
*Including £4.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund through their Parks for People programme.