MORE than 300 people have responded to a questionnaire looking at how the community could help to develop Darlington's South Park.

The newly formed Darlington South Park Foundation carried out a summer long consultation with park users tp help inform the its action plan to help prioritise the areas to be developed or improved.

On Saturday, October 6, the foundation will be formally launched by the Mayor of Darlington, Cllr Veronica Copeland at its Family Fun event. The group will share the key findings of the consultation and talk to members of the community about its hopes and aspirations.

Activities including circus skills, face painting, autumnal crafts and bird box making will be available.

The group will be encouraging local people to become members and support is being offered from Groundwork NE & Cumbria and Darlington Borough Council. The foundation’s work will contribute to maintaining the park’s Green Flag status and enhance key areas of the park, which could include activities and events, crowdfunding, donations, sponsorship and life events.

Cllr Copeland said: “The council looks forward to working with its members, Groundwork NE & Cumbria, local people, businesses and other organisations to maintain and enhance South Park for many more generations to enjoy.”

Kate Culverhouse, Chair of Darlington South Park Foundation, added: “The South Park Foundation will ensure the future of this much loved community asset. Working alongside Darlington Borough Council and key partners, Groundwork is delighted to be involved with such a positive and creative venture.”

Come along to the family fun day at South Park between 11-12.30pm on Saturday 6 October.

If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering with Darlington South Park Foundation email or follow Darlington South Park Foundation on Facebook.