Mount Pleasant Park is a much-valued community park in the heart of Sharrow. With wonderful views and open green spaces, attracting planting, and facilities such as the Multi Use Games Area, the cricket nets, and Highfield Adventure Playground, it is much loved and used by people of all walks of life from our community. However, as many local people will know, it has been affected by a number of issues such as antisocial behaviour, vandalism and fly tipping, to name but a few. There are lots of people living locally who do not use the park at all or as often as they might like to.
In May 2022 Sharrow Community Forum, South Yorkshire Police, Sharrow Primary School and Sheffield City Council Parks and Countryside Team began working together to create a community led improvement plan for Mount Pleasant Park and the areas around it. Initial consultation with local people and park users helped the Masterplan partnership understand the issues people were concerned about, and the positive changes to the park area that would make them more likely to use it, and feel safer doing so.
These are just a few of the proposals that are in the Masterplan, and the consultation process is still going on. There is no big budget available for the improvements, but partners are working closely together to find different pots of funding, and there have been some successes so far. In January, work started on removing sections of the walls around the Multi Use Games Area so that it is easier to see in and out of the space, making it feel safer for people and easier for parents to monitor their children. Funding for this work came via our local councillors, from the Community Infrastructure Levy.
The Masterplan Map shows the aspiration for improvements to the park.