Park notches up record visitors

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Things are looking rosy at Ripon Spa Gardens after the award-winning park attracted a record number of visitors over the last 12 months.

Since March 2013, Harrogate Borough Council has being using an electronic counting device to record the number of visits made to Ripon Spa Gardens.

Over the last year over 100,000 visits have been made – an annual increase of over 18,000.

Coun Michael Harrison, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “It is fantastic to see that the number of visitors to Ripon Spa Gardens continues to grow.

“It is undoubtedly one of the region’s finest parks and plays an important role in cementing our reputation as one of the country’s best floral districts.

“With so much to see and do, it is no surprise that the gardens attract so many visitors.”

He added: “Our parks team, together with the Friends of Spa Gardens and Spa Park, work tirelessly to maintain and improve the gardens to ensure that they look as good as they possibly can. It is a real community effort.

“We are continually looking to see what new experiences we can introduce for visitors. There is no doubt that the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland wood carvings have been a real draw, and we are always thinking about what we can do with our flower displays to surprise visitors. We look forward to welcoming even more people to the gardens this year.”

The news comes shortly after the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) released figures which revealed that more people are choosing parks and gardens for a day out, with visitor numbers to gardens in the UK increasing by 3.5 per cent in 2015.

The park was awarded its first Green Flag from Keep Britain Tidy in 2001 and holds the record for the most Green Flags in the region having being presented with its 15th in 2015.

The park boasts a Victorian bandstand, which hosts band concerts on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer months, the popular Sun Parlour café, crazy golf, bowling pavilion and green, colourful flower displays and many other facilities.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Friends of Spa Gardens and Spa Park group please contact community@harrogate.gov.uk