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Community urged to use Ravenscliffe green space
9:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
A Bradford green space needs the help of the local community.
Although its future use has yet to be decided, one local councillor hopes it will be something the entire community can enjoy.
Yesterday the field, known locally as the Harrogate Road playing field, hosted its first community event, organised by staff at nearby Big Swing Adventure Playground.
Coun Geoff Reid (Eccleshill) attended in an effort to encourage people to help volunteer to keep the field.
While there he displayed a number of Ordnance survey maps from 1893. It shows that the field is one of the few remaining green spaces to the north-east of Bradford, an area that has been massively transformed in the past 120 years.
He said efforts of volunteers meant visiting the field was like stepping back in time, adding: “The efforts of 21st century clean-up teams have made it more possible than ever to step back into 1893.”
Volunteers meet to clean up the site every Saturday, and at yesterday’s event Coun Reid signed up several more to help.
Coun Reid said: “It happened all over north-east Bradford – places that were fields at the start of the 20th century became covered in housing after the Second World War. This is one of the only areas that remained. I don’t think many people in the area even know an asset like this is here.”
The land was leased out by Bradford Council, but for years local councillors were keen for it to be opened up as a community asset. It was last used for grazing horses.
Coun Reid said: “It has come back into control of the Council’s parks and landscape team, and we have the view of making it something for the community.
“We’re certainly looking to have some kinds of sports activities, we don’t want to just see it left as a field.”
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