Dudley Park Audits:
The audits were completed by a team of disabled people who looked at all the paths, play equipment, seating, signage and any other facility in each of the parks. We noted our findings and compiled an access audit with recommendations where improvements could be made.
Because of topography, certain parks such as Marsh Park, Brierley Hill cannot be recommended as suitable for people with some disabilities. However, most parks have a disabled-friendly route identified as ‘accessible’ suitable for some wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
These ‘accessible’ routes are posted on the notice boards near each park’s main entrances.
Click here to follow the link to the Council’s website to find out more about the parks and open spaces in your area. www.dudley.gov.uk/parks-open-spaces
Accessible Play Equipment
AID and ME2 worked together to identify types of accessible play equipment. Because of costs, 4 wheelchair accessible roundabouts with locking sections were installed at parks in each corner of the Borough, one at Tenscore, Sedgley, one at Stevens Park, Wollescote, one in Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge and one at the Cott Lane play area.
For a full list of wheelchair accessible roundabouts and other accessible play equipment, please search the Dudley Council web pages for details.
We only recommend the G L Jones lockable wheelchair accessible roundabout for safety reasons.
In partnership with the Primary Care Trust (PCT), Dudley Borough Council have installed Healthy Hubs in some parks.
This is a building that can be used by groups for exercise classes. These are staffed, part of the time with staff that are proficient in exercise programs to help us all to be fitter.
These parks have also had outdoor exercise equipment installed, the selection of which A.I.D. advised on.
“Dudley Healthy Towns is a Department of Health (DoH) national pilot scheme that supports the national Change 4 Life movement. Its aim is to develop innovative ways to prevent obesity through supportive environmental change.
This has been done through increased activity opportunities via the development of five ‘Healthy Hubs’ and a network of ‘Active Corridors’. Each Healthy Hub is a local park that has had a building with toilets, an activity ranger, improved play areas and footpaths and the provision of new outdoor gym equipment. It is particularly in relation to the outdoor gym equipment where Access in Dudley’s (AID) input was invaluable."
Dean HillPhysical Activity Programme Manager, Public health, NHS Dudley. Food and Nutrition Programme Manager, Public health, NHS Dudley. Head of Healthy Towns, Public health, NHS Dudley. Dudley MBC.
The park standards document, written by AID after 30 park audits, along with Dudley MBC Officers was adopted in 2013.
The document aims to make access to parks easier to those with disabilities. We hope that all new parks and refurbishments of existing parks will follow the guidance.
Dudley Market Place Redevelopment
Access in Dudley, amongst other interested parties and bodies, consulted on the redevelopment of the historic market place. A.I.D. recommended that the town’s new toilets had a changing places facility installed.