In 2012, Alder Hey made a land swap agreement with Liverpool City Council for Springfield Park.
This enabled us to build our new hospital on nine hectares of Springfield Park right next to our current site. As part of this arrangement, we agreed to return nine hectares of parkland to the community once the old hospital buildings were demolished.
Our commitment to returning Springfield Park to the local community remains. We also have aspirations to greatly enhance the parkland by working with partners to secure funding and deliver a much improved park for the community.
Our aim is to create something special for our community as well as for our staff, patients and families.
An application to reinstate Springfield Park was submitted in 2019. We continue to regularly consult with members of the local community and discuss the proposals with them.
Meetings, workshops and communications with local schools, residents, Friends of Springfield Park and the Young Friends of Springfield Park Group will continue developing plans for the future park design and management.
In the meantime, we have continued to support our local community through a number of initiatives within the existing parkland.
Funded in partnership with Veolia, the Woodland Walk has transformed an area of Springfield Park into a fully accessible walkway. Along the Woodland Walk you will find a trail made up of 15 activity stations where you can learn about the environment. Other installations along the walk will also offer a fun guide to the plants, trees and wildlife found within the Park. There’s even a specifically designed BookBench where you can relax and read before sharing your favourite books for others to enjoy.
We have placed accessible seating in six locations across the Park.
In partnership with Lancashire Wildlife Trust, we have built a Forest Schools area in Springfield Park. Local primary schools can use the venue to develop social and emotional intelligence, confidence, practical and creative skills and teamwork.
We are discussing with our colleagues at Liverpool John Moore’s University the possibility of using Springfield Park as an outdoor research space for the University’s Environment Department.
Regular delivery of ‘Nature Tots’ and LFC Foundation’s Open Goal activities are encouraging the local community to learn and play within a natural environment. Monthly litter picks and seasonal events will also continue. In October 2019 we will host a nature and wellbeing conference showcasing our hospital in the park and the various activities that have taken place.