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City chiefs set out parks 'manifesto'

posted 7 May 2009, 07:45 by David Rintoul   [ updated 17 Nov 2009, 11:22 ]

Strict limits would be imposed on the number of events taking place in the city's parks under a new strategy for managing Edinburgh's growing events calendar.

The number of shows, festivals and sporting events taking place in the capital's green spaces has grown by more than 200 per cent in the past four years, with an average of five events a week.

The pressure on the city's parks and infrastructure – such as the damage to the Meadows caused by holding events such as the Moonwalk during wet weather last year – has forced officials to come up with a plan to improve the management of events. Guidelines – dubbed a "manifesto" by city leaders – will be drawn up to control the use of the most popular parks.

An annual allowance on the number of private events in each park, scheduled turf resting periods and weight limits for heavy vehicles will be considered.

Officials are also to look at improving drainage and installing toughened grass surfaces.

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