Park Life Heavitree is a community group ( and charitable company) focused on what goes on in Heavitree Pleasure Ground, Exeter, UK, both in the short, medium and long term.
Park Life Heavitree aims to bring together people from all walks of life in and around Heavitree Pleasure Ground in Exeter. We believe that the park acts as a ‘community glue’ and Park Life aims to build community and bring about social change through a range of facilities, activities and services. We currently run events every 5 weeks in the park such as Pop-up cafes, Mothers day events, The Big Lunch and the very popular Heavitree Bank holiday fun day in September We offer informal services such as meals for new parents or helping elderly people to get to the park. We have helped coordinate various organisations alongside the city council to improve various facilities in the park. These include working with the the Lawn Tennis Association, Tennis For Free , PING! Table tennis and the Love local food van. Our long term vision is to build a community facility in the park (a hall and cafe)– this will become the community heart that will help us coordinate activities and services and act as a catalyst for change.
Note: We use both the registered name Heavitree Pleasure Ground and Heavitree Park to mean the same thing as both names are used locally for the same piece of land.
The broad aims of Park Life Heavitree are:
“To support and grow community in and around Heavitree”
We want to:
1. Increase community cohesion by providing opportunities for bringing together all park users and local people regardless of age, gender, race or religion.
2. Raise participation in leisure activities leading to active lifestyles and healthy citizens.
3. Enable local people to get involved and empowered in decision making and managing of local facilities and services.
4. Create a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable community in and around Heavitree Pleasure Ground.