We are getting closer to the first Phase of the play park being installed. The contractors have been on-site, put the safety fence up and are hoping to start work the week commencing 16th October. This phase will deliver three amazing items aimed at 4-14 year-olds, including a six tower mega deck climbing frame, swing unit (including flat swing and inclusive basket swing), and multispinner carousel.
How quickly we are able to open the park will depend on a few factors such as a dry weather window to pour the safety surface and availability of volunteers to lay topsoil, turf, and access paths. If you think you could help with the volunteer tasks (barrowing, shovelling, use of trailers, power-barrows etc), please get in touch. Exciting times!
We have already started fundraising for Phase II of the play park. This will focus on toddler equipment, a shelter and more inclusive play items. We're busy writing grant applications at the moment and would welcome support from any experienced grant application writers out there.
Construction of the first phase of our Bike Zone is now complete! However, frequent and ongoing heavy rain means the surface isn't getting chance to dry and seal. The track will, therefore, have to remain closed till we've had a couple of weeks of dry weather, which might not be till the spring now. We know this will be dissapointing to the many people who have told us how excited they are to try it out (we're pretty impatient too!), but it's worth it to ensure the trail doesn't get damaged. Hang in there!
Rain, rain, rain and volunteers to the rescue
We had about 80 mm of rain over the weekend of 7th and 8th October. Blocked road drains were not able to cope with the volume of water so flowed over curbs and into the park. Large amount of surface water also ran off the school playing field. As a result we lost about three tonne of material from our lovely path network :( However, thanks to our amazing group of volunteers we have made a great start fixing the damage already. Please bear with us while we complete repairs at the upper end of the park near the bus-stop.
If you would like to join our volunteer WhatsApp group please send us your name and mobile number because we'd love to have you on the team :) Alternatively, if you would like to help towards these ongoing maintenance costs, please consider a one-off or regular donation via our JustGiving page.