Accessible path networks
Most of our public parks have excellent path networks enabling access to all areas. However there are exceptions where steep gradients caused by the sloping nature of the sites means wheelchair access is difficult, including parts of Queen's Park in Heywood from the very accessible main top part of the park down to the lake in the valley and Broadfield Park in Rochdale from the main top area down to the main road. In addition we have various heritage sites where flights of steps limit access, e.g. Rochdale memorial Gardens, however alternative routes are included wherever possible.
Most of our parks do not have on-site parking and parking is limited to nearby streets. However, Queen's Park in Heywood does have a car park (on the opposite side of Queen's Park Road to the actual park) and this does include spaces specifically for disabled visitors to the park.
Queen's Park in Heywood has a disability accessible toilet located to the side of the lodge house at the main entry to the park. Springfield Park toilets (located at the end of the herbaceous border / hard surface tennis courts) include an accessible toilet.
Accessible play equipment
Balderstone Park Toddlers play area includes play equipment designed to be used by both able bodied children and children with disabilities including ground level roundabout that wheelchair users can access.
New Interpretation information has been installed at Rochdale Memorial Gardens (in front of Rochdale Town Hall, behind the Cenotaph). As part of this a large font version of interpretation information is available from the Town Hall reception.
Denehurst Park (near Rochdale Football Club, access off Edenfield Road) is due for a major improvement programme of works 2016-2018. An Equalities Impact Assessment has been carried out on this project and equality has been a theme raised in all consultations. As a result, improvements planned include a cafe to be located in Denehurst House to include accessible toilet facilities. Large print copies of any interpretation information to be available from the proposed cafe. Improved access around the site for mobility impaired people by improved path network and benches installed at suitable distances. New playground equipment to include dual use equipment for able bodied and physically impaired children and sensory equipment.
We rely on feedback from users to improve our facilities. This is our first access statement for parks and gardens users so if there is additional information you want us to include in this access statement, or improvements you feel are required to enable equality of access and inclusion, please contact us.