Annual survey on events in Edinburgh parks
Every year, the City of Edinburgh Council invites members of the public to have their say on events held in parks across the city during the previous year, to help inform plans for the future.
A survey covering 2018/19's events is open for public feedback.
Two separate, but related consultations, are planned for early 2020: one on plans for a revised Parks Events Manifesto, the other, a citywide survey on the future of Edinburgh's Winter Festivals. More details on these will be announced in due course.
This survey focuses on views and comments on a range of events which took place between October 2018 to September 2019. Events include the Beltane and Samhuinn Fire Festivals on Calton Hill, the Summer Sessions and the Virgin Festival Fireworks in West Princes Street Gardens, the Circus and Colour Bomb Carnival in Sighthill Park and many more.
The public consultation, which runs until 18 December 2019, also invites feedback on proposals to procure events in four additional parks in 2020/21 - Leith Links, Sighthill Park, Gyle Park and Calton Hill. In 2018/19 the Council procured two events in parks: the Circus Hub on the Meadows and the Foodies Festival on Inverleith Park.
Culture and Communities Vice Convener, Councillor Amy McNeese-Mechan, said: "Edinburgh parks play host to a wide variety of events each year and we are acutely aware that there is a fine balance to be struck between those who wish to host events, those wanting to enjoy them and those whose everyday lives are either enhanced or impacted by them in some way.
"Crucially, we also need to ensure that the quality of the parks and greenspaces across the city are maintained to the highest possible standard. I'd urge as many local residents as possible to have their say in this consultation so we can develop truly community-based plans for events in our parks over the coming months."
Procuring an event gives the Council more control over the type of event that is hosted in a park. It provides the local community with the opportunity to build a relationship with the chosen event organisers, offers more security to the organisers themselves as well as generating vital revenue for the council which allows for investment in services as well as improvements to parks.
As part of their submission, the interested parties are asked to detail what community benefits they can offer to the local area. For example, donations for new equipment, discounted tickets and improvements to the parks infrastructure. The Council advertise these opportunities and submissions are reviewed by an independent assessment panel who follow strict government legislation in assessing submissions based on both quality and price.