This article was published in 2007, in Newsletter 70.
Milton Country Park was created by South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) in 1993 from old gravel workings just north of Cambridge. It gets a quarter of a million visitors a year including a lot of cyclists, not least because one of the branches of National Cycle Route 11 runs through the Park. Now the countdown to closure has begun.
SCDC decided to close the park on 31 August 2007 to save money. The only hope of keeping the park open is for someone to take on the running of the Park, including all the costs. Given that they have already been trying to find a partner to do this, without success, for over a year, their chances of success must be poor.
A campaign to save the park has been launched by a group of concerned park users, with the support of the Friends of Milton Country Park. There is a campaign web site with an online petition to show SCDC how widely the Park is supported. There you will find a history of the Park closure and answers to your questions.
The closure of the park would be a great loss to the whole of the Cambridge area as well as being one less pleasant place to cycle. So, please sign the online petition and help save Milton Country Park.