The newly formed Friends of Lister Park is launching this weekend with their first in-person meeting and clean up.
The meeting and clean up is planned for Saturday 4 December, between 1pm and 3pm, gathering at Cartwright Hall Café.
A core group of around twenty people who live in or around Manningham have come together to create a new hyper-local community group that will increase cleanliness and community participation in the park.
The Park had a friends group before but it was disbanded in 2010 following a dispute between the committee. The old group was responsible for the reintroduction of lion statues to Lister Park.
The new group has taken inspiration from Friends of Bradford Moor Park in Barkerend who have worked tirelessly cleaning the park and the pond for the past three years.
Friends of Bradford Moor Park recently unveiled the new toddler play area and outdoor gym equipment in an official ceremony.
Friends of Lister Park hope to create a lasting positive impact through litter picking and activities and events.
Mum of two Saima Khan is a regular at Lister Park, taking her two daughters to play in the space at least once a week. She is also one of the core members of the friends group. She said: “Friends of Lister Park is launching on Saturday with the group’s first in-person meeting and clean up.
“We are looking forward to coming together as a community to bring about positive change. We have just sent out a survey asking people about their complaints and concerns about the park, and we are going to discuss what we can do about it in the meeting.
“Some of us have only met up on Zoom so it will be nice to put faces to names. We hope we can make a difference in the community like some of the other friends’ groups in Bradford.
“Friends of Bradford Moor, for example, have made a positive impact in their community and we want to do the same. We are going to see what happens in the first meeting on the weekend, but we hope to but activities days and events on in the future.”
The group has 200 members so far and 48 people signed up for the clean up on Saturday.
To register your interest, please visit here.