Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 8029 Healthy, Safe and Secure This section looks at how well managers understand their users’ needs, encouraging them to enjoy healthy activities using appropriate, safe-to-use facilities and activities, and to feel personally safe and secure. The scheme regards ‘facilities’ as any structures on the site that are there for the use and enjoyment of users – including sporting facilities and their related clubhouses and changing facilities, toilets, visitor centres, cafes, benches, play and exercise equipment, water fountains and bandstands. The cleanliness and upkeep of these visitor facilities are examined in Section 3, Clean and Well Maintained. Functional buildings such as storage facilities are considered under 12 Building and Infrastructure Maintenance. Relevant issues must be addressed in the management plan and implemented on the ground. New concerns which arise must be handled promptly and appropriately. The following four criteria are examined: 5 Appropriate Provision of Quality Facilities and Activities 6 Safe Equipment and Facilities 7 Personal Security 8 Control of Dogs/Dog Fouling 5 Appropriate Provision of Quality Facilities and Activities This criterion is concerned only that the provision of facilities and activities enables users of the site to be healthy, safe and secure. The offer should be appropriate to the the site, and fit for purpose. Under 23 Appropriate Provision for the Community, judges will examine how, having analysed the users and potential users of the site, managers use this understanding to adjust the the full range of facilities and activities available on site. All facilities should be attractive and functional, should perform well and meet the users’ needs. Procurement of new facilities, for example children’s play equipment, should meet the EU standard as a minimum. Research2 shows that high quality facilities are more likely to be respected and looked after, whilst facilities perceived as low quality, substandard and unattractive are much more likely to be unused, mis-used or vandalised. Activities should be suitable, of good quality and effectively run. Reasons for the provision or non-provision of particular facilities and activities, along with future aspirations, should be recorded in the management plan. Judges may test facilities on site and question managers and users about their perceptions of the quality of the facilities and activities. These might include the quality of the toilets, cafe, sports and changing facilities, play and health provision, safety equipment and first aid provision. Section 2 2 Cabe Space Decent Parks? Decent Behaviour? The links between the quality of parks and user behaviour (GreenSpace 2005)