Recreational space

Open space specialists will refer to the creation of passive and active open space when discussing how spaces are used. 

Passive uses refer to elements such as sitting places and areas for enjoying views of scenery and can also include for example places for young people to meet. 

Active uses encourage physical activities including walking, running, cycling, skating and playing.  Taking account of how local stakeholders may use a site, there is a considerable range of options for promoting activities from providing play equipment (for young and the old) to creating outdoor gyms (green gyms) and walking/running networks or recreation zones including skate parks. It is important to bear in mind when considering introduction of equipment, the need to consider health and safety and maintenance and management of facilities. Sport England can provide further advice and guidance on sport and play facilities development.

Case Study: Lee Quarry

Existing landscapes and adding value to local economies and communities

This project, turning an ex-quarry into bike trails, generated a considerable amount of local involvement, which is continually growing. It has made use of a landscape affected by historic extraction activity to create a scheme of economic and landscape value for the area.

Local enthusiasts have set up a club called the Brownbacks (the old nick name given to quarry workers locally) which organises cross country mountain bike races. Local people are adopting ownership of the site, as can be seen from social networking sites appearing on the internet.

Volunteering opportunities are at the heart of developing the event programme for the site and it is also recognised that volunteering has a key role to play in site maintenance and improvement. In order to build on this the project is working with Accrington and Rossendale College and UCLAN to create a range of volunteering opportunities and link these with training and skills programmes (up to and including degree level) in order to create a developmental pathway for local people inspired by the project.