How did it all start?
A group of local residents formed the Friends of St.James’ Park (FoSJP) in January 2006 to help improve St.James’ Park for the community. The formal launch of FoSJP in April 2006 was a great success, and we now have a membership base of over 450 people – the largest group of its type in Southampton.
What does FoSJP do?
FoSJP organises community events and campaigns for better facilities; its overall aim is to work towards creating a park that will best serve the various needs of all our community.
Working closely with Southampton City Council, in October 2009 we were awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant which by July 2011 transformed the Park: providing a café, community room, new entrances, botanical and scenic walks, new landscaping, and new play facilities for children and adults.
ParkLife Community Interest Company
In order to run the new café and community room in the Park, in November 2010 FoSJP established ParkLife, a community interest company through which the trading activities of FoSJP will be conducted as a social enterprise, with any profits being reinvested into the Park and the local community. ParkLife started trading on 1st April 2011 and the café opened for business on 15th July 2011.