The Royal Parks: Stop Hyde Park from charging people to play sport.
  • Petitioning Linda Lennon CBE

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Chief Executive, The Royal Parks
Linda Lennon CBE

The Royal Parks: Stop Hyde Park from charging people to play sport.

    1. Petition by

      Leo Visconti

      United Kingdom

From using jumpers for goalposts for a game of 5-a-side footie with your friends to playing games of rounders with your family on a sunny day, the park is the place people go to play sport. But not for long.

Hyde Park is one of London’s biggest parks and the place that thousands of Londoners flock to hang out and play. Now the Royal Parks let a private company manage an area and they’re charging groups of 8 or more people if they want to play sport.

Sign the petition to keep sport free in Hyde Park.

10 years ago we got together with 9 other charities to play some softball in Hyde Park. Every year it’s got bigger and bigger and it’s now the 2nd biggest softball league in the country!

For everyone taking part it’s a great way to meet similar minded people in other charities and make new friends (or even “more than friends” - there are now 8 softball couples and even a couple of babies because of the league!). We’ve become firmly embedded in the community and have a great relationship with neighbouring businesses that we visit after games for refreshment and refuelling.

We don’t want to get in the way of other people enjoying the park to picnic or relax so we’ve always stuck to the patch reserved for sport on the east side of the park known as the Old Football Pitches.

But, when we started playing this year, a private company (called Will to Win) came up to us demanding us to pay if we wanted to continue playing! Not only did they want an up front fee, but also wanted to charge per game. We were shocked and have had lots of discussions with Royal Parks and Will to Win to try and resolve the situation, but they’re not budging.

This isn’t just about us - it’s about anyone who wants to play in the park.

A year on from the Olympics and people are inspired to pick up a ball, put on some trainers and get active. London’s most iconic park should be open for anyone who wants to do this for free.

Sign the petition to keep sport free in Hyde Park.

Leo, Paul and Nathan
London Charity Softball League Committee
@SaveOurSoftball #SoSHydePark

To:
Linda Lennon CBE, Chief Executive, The Royal Parks
Please keep sport free in Hyde Park.
I love using the park to get active and play sport. A year on from the Olympics and people are inspired to pick up a ball, put on some trainers and get active. Keep all of London’s most iconic park free for anyone who wants to play sport
Please do the right thing,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Anthony Clements LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      Because this is an area where I like to play sport and I want to take my children to play sport. Charging will put me off from doing this.

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    • colin mills OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      If Wiil to Win do not understand why this is wrong, then they are not fit to win a contract to look after part of Hyde Park. It's as simple as that. We don't want companies with this sort of objective or mentality. They should look for their profits elsewhere.

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    • David BIeda LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Very important for very many young people who otherwise may not play sports.

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    • David Harvey LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      How many new ways do we need to pay for something that tax has managed to cover previously without whoring it out to private enterprise

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    • Camilla Bell KNAPHILL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      Park Sport is a great way to connect with your community and stay fit and healthy. I am beginning to think the Matrix was based on the reality of our future - plugged in to tech and unable to function normally - as humans we need to connect with the outside or destroy our psyches, parks and sport in parks is an essential piece of this. This move does look rather like the Parks Authority's only motivation is profit - that can't be right, surely?

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