Parks’ sports (bowls, cricket and football) facilities consultation

Closed 9 Jul 2019

Opened 28 May 2019

Results expected 30 Aug 2019

Feedback expected 30 Sep 2019


The Bristol Playing Pitch Strategy identified that Bristol has a large number of poor grass pitches and that a significant number of these are in council ownership.  These pitches are supported by an ageing stock of changing rooms/ pavilions.

The council currently offers bowls, football and cricket facilities in parks at an estimated net cost of £201K per annum.  In May 2018, the council adopted a proposal to operate "chargeable sports facilities and other facilities in public parks only when they generate no cost to the council". The council now wishes to consult on more detailed options to achieve this.

Why We Are Consulting

We wish to investigate the future use of the council’s football facilities, bowls facilities and cricket pitches that are currently available for hire.  The consultation looks at a number of options for these sites, including the option of transferring the assets (by long-term lease or potentially a licence) and their associated management to third parties through a bidding process.

What Happens Next

The results of the consultation will be used to guide the decision on what the council do next with the assets in scope.


  • All Areas


  • All residents
  • Expert Stakeholders
  • Equalities group(s)
  • Service Users
  • Community & Voluntary organisations


  • Parks and green spaces
  • Sport and leisure