The Story of Herts Summer Parks 2023

Read more about our pilot project aimed to plug the gap in provision for 12 to 16-year-olds.

The ‘Herts Summer Parks’ programme, funded by HAPpy*, was a pilot project that aimed to plug the gap in provision for 12 to 16-year-olds eligible for, but not engaging with Hertfordshire's main HAPpy programme. It was identified that pre-booking was a barrier to accessing provision for this demographic, So, the team at Herts Sport& Physical Activity Partnership (HSP) wanted to offer an alternative opportunity for these young people to access the benefits HAPpy brings and deliver in areas where they already socialise.

Adopting a festival style, our pop-up events were held across five public parks in Hertfordshire throughout August 2023. The programme featured a range of sports, activities, arts and crafts, and provided food provisions in the form of vouchers redeemable at food outlets in the local area.

The following report will summarise the approaches the initiative took, its key successes. and the challenges that need to be addressed for it to fulfil its full potential.



Summer Parks Report 23

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