Council launches consultation on events in city parks

The Council is seeking views on guidelines for holding events in the most popular public parks across the city.

A consultation has been launched to gather feedback on whether guidelines for planning and managing events in Edinburgh’s key parks are fit for purpose.

Views can be expressed by completing a short online survey or in paper form.

Providing an iconic backdrop to many of Edinburgh’s major events and festivals, attractions in parks and green spaces like Princes Street Gardens and Inverleith Park draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and generate a significant boost to the city’s economy.

The Edinburgh Parks Events Manifesto aims to maintain Edinburgh’s world-class programme of events while preserving the quality of parks, which are seen as integral to community life.

The manifesto, drawn up in 2010, sets out guidelines tailored to the eight most popular parks for events in Edinburgh, including Leith Links, The Meadows and Princes Street Gardens.

In addition to criteria for the suitability of a location, the manifesto uses eight key principles to ensure that both landscape quality and the needs of an event are met as well as relieving pressure on the most popular venues.

The Council now wants to review the manifesto to see if any improvements can be made, and is looking for thoughts and views from the local community, park users, event organisers and sports clubs.

Results of the consultation, which closes on 21st March, will be presented to the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee in June and any changes made to the manifesto will then be applied to the 2015 events programme.

Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “Edinburgh is incredibly lucky with its range of great parks, which play a huge part in the lives of local communities, but also provide the perfect setting for some of the best events the city has to offer.

“We are committed to maintaining the balance between a quality, sustainable events programme and the needs of residents and groups who make regular use of our parks and green spaces, and it’s important that the public have their say on how we do this. I would urge anyone who is interested in the future of events in our parks to participate in the consultation or fill out the online survey.”

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