Share your memories of our parks and open spaces

Release Date: 02 August 2017

Residents in the borough who have fond memories of our parks and open spaces are invited to share their memories at one of our summer ‘Friendly Parks’ events.

As part of the ‘Friendly Parks for All’ project, we are working with the Richmond Dementia Action Alliance to look at how we can encourage everyone, including people with dementia, to enjoy local parks.

So far, work has been carried out to transform Barnes Green into a dementia friendly space and Heathfield Recreation Ground is also seeing improvements. This includes new benches, walkways, way markers and art installations.

To celebrate the project, this August, residents are invited to share their memories of the borough’s parks and open spaces.

Did you play in parks as a child? What did you like to do – play on the slides and roundabouts or have an adventure?

Come and share your memories with the Friendly Parks for All Team as they go for a gentle stroll in:

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

“Our aim is to make all our parks accessible to everyone. And, through our improvements at Barnes and Heathfield Recreation Ground, we are able to hold activities that are open to all – but also welcoming to those with dementia.

“These two events this summer will not only give a guided tour of our improvements, but will also give us the opportunity to hear from residents their memories of our parks and open spaces.”

For further information about the events, email

Notes for editors

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Reference: P361/17

Updated: 31 August 2017