Knowsley’s Cabinet has pledged significant investment in the borough’s parks as part of the Council’s environmental commitment.
Around £244,000 will be invested in parks to support ongoing maintenance and help further improve the offer to residents and visitors.
Up to £380,000 has also been committed to tackle environmental quality across the borough such as grass cutting, litter picking, weed control and efforts to tackle flytipping following the pandemic.
In keeping with the rest of the UK parks and greenspaces in Knowsley has seen significant increase in usage, particularly during periods of local and national lockdowns.
This has increased demand for maintenance but also highlighted the importance of these spaces.
Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “Our parks and green spaces help us to reduce our carbon footprint, provide increased opportunity for exercise and offer an opportunity to help tackle social isolation. The pandemic has highlighted just how important these spaces are to us all. We want to continue to encourage people to reduce their own carbon footprint and make continued use of the green space available to them. I am delighted we are investing resources into supporting this.”
Cllr Aston added: “Environmental quality issues have inevitably risen during the pandemic as resources have been diverted elsewhere. I think all residents will be pleased to see more emphasis on maintenance across the borough as part of our recovery.”
The investment in parks includes the recruitment of a Sports Development Officer (fixed term) to maximise and maintain the increased public use of the Borough’s green spaces.
The commitment to environmental maintenance is part of a wider £8.3m investment in Knowsley’s COVID-19 recovery programme.