We are bringing the sea to Plymouth parks over August with our partners Blue Marine Foundation and Marine Biological Association (MBA).
Sea in the Park is an initiative to support Britain’s Ocean City becoming the UK’s first National Marine Park.
The team will be visiting green spaces and play areas with events to help children explore the natural wonders of Plymouth Sound as the first step to reconnecting communities with the sea.
Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City council, said: “There are over 1,000 species living in the waters off Plymouth Hoe. However we know that nationally 18 per cent of children have not been to the beach or coastal spaces. What’s even more shocking is 17 per cent of Plymouth children haven’t had the chance either to visit the beach or our fabulous coastline. We want to change that. This is a great opportunity to connect children with Plymouth Sound and build their excitement for our oceans. Thanks to Plymouth City Bus these Sea in the Park events are also a great opportunity to also get children from some of our deprived communities to the coast and interacting with the inspirational Plymouth Sound.”
Plymouth City Bus have also partnered to help, connect children from some of these inland communities city with an additional series of Beach Ranger events the partnership is delivering across the waterfront (also included in table).
Richard Stevens Managing director of Plymouth City Bus said, “The National Marine Park is a great opportunity for us to develop sustainable communities and business whilst coexisting with nature. We are really proud to be helping with Sea in the Park by getting children to the Beach Ranger sessions around the waterfront. We hope this can be a first step for many young people to develop a love of our ocean that is such an integral part of our city.”
A full list of activities and locations is listed below, where a snack lunch for children will be available during the sessions on a first come first serve basis.
|Devonport Park||Thur||8 Aug||Sea in the Park||Next to Café and Playground||11am – 3pm||Devonport|
|Whitleigh Green||Fri||9 Aug||Sea in the Park||Bodmin road Playground||11am – 3pm||Budshead|
|St Levan Park||Mon||12 Aug||Sea in the Park||At top end of greenspace , over the road from playground,||11am – 3pm||Stoke|
|Astor Park||Tues||13 Aug||Sea in the Park||Next to Playground||11am – 3pm||Sutton and Mount Gould|
|West Hoe Park||Wed||14 Aug||Sea in the Park||Next to Playground on the grass||11am – 3pm||St Peter and The Waterfront|
|Kinterbury Creek||Thur||15 Aug||Beach Rangers||By Creek at end of path.||10am – 3pm||St Budeaux|
|Central Park||Fri||16 Aug||Sea in the Park||Next to Meadow Cafe||11am – 3pm||Stoke|
|Trefusis||Mon||19 Aug||Sea in the Park||Next to Playground||11am – 3pm||Efford and Lipson|
|Mount Gould||Tues||20 Aug||Sea in the Park||Next to Playground||11am – 3pm||Sutton & Mount Gould|
|Ham Woods LNR||Wed||21 Aug||Sea in the Park||Directions at entrance||11am – 3pm||Ham|
|Freedom Fields Park||Thur||22 Aug||Sea in the Park||Next to Café, and Playground||11am – 3pm||Efford & Lipson|
|Victoria Park||Fri||23 Aug||Sea in the Park||Next to café and Play ground||11am – 3pm||St Peter & Waterfront|
|Honicknowle Green||Mon||26Aug||Sea in the Park||On greenspace next to Playground and MUGA||111am – 3pm||Honicknowle|
|Mount Wise Park||Tues||27 Aug||Sea in the Park||Next to playground and the pools.||11am – 3pm||Devonport|
|Ernesettle Green||Wed||28 Aug||Sea in the Park||On Green space by path||11am – 3pm||Budshead|
|Teats Hill Park||Thur||29 Aug||Beach Rangers||Meet on seating by outdoor theatre area.||11am – 3pm|
|Devil’s Point||Fri||30 Aug||Beach Rangers||Meet next to pool.||11am – 3pm|
|Mount Batten Beach||Sat||31Aug||Beach Rangers – Seashore Safari||Meet on the beach.||10am – 2.30pm|
Find out more about the National Marine Park plans at www.plymouth.gov.uk/marinepark