Bradley Stoke’s new £160,000 play park on Jubilee Green, Savages Wood Road, is to be officially opened this Friday (24th July).
The park has been designed for people of all ages to enjoy and will incorporate slides, a nest swing, rowing and cycling machines, a climbing frame, a sand pit and (eventually) a youth space and shelter.
The project was awarded a grant of £55,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in December 2007, with the remainder of the money coming from South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) and Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC).
The Journal has however recently learned that the original funding does not cover construction of the youth space and that a further grant will have to be sought in order to complete this aspect of the project.
Construction of the park began in the last week of May and contractors have been working overtime to get the project completed in time for the opening day.
Once completed, the park will be maintained by SGC for the first twelve months after which responsibility will pass to BSTC.
Southern Brooks Community Partnership (SBCP) has helped set up a ‘Friends of Jubilee Green’ group for people interested in supporting the play park project. The group will plan events, promote the park, provide feedback, help with fundraising and gather and share information about the park.
Winsome Barrett-Muir of SBCP told The Journal:
“Southern Brooks have been involved in the consultation and in recruiting residents to form a Friends group, the aim of which is to promote the park and work with the town council in its upkeep and management. By actively involving local residents, Southern Brooks hope that incidents of antisocial behaviour that may result in damage to the new equipment and disturbance of local residents near the park will be reduced. The newly formed Friends of Jubilee Green group have taken the lead and are organising some activities to go along with the opening event.”
Michelle Dent of the Friends of Jubilee Green group added:
“The grand opening is an event that will celebrate the hard work from Bradley Stoke Town Council, the designer and the amazing amount of fund-raising that has taken place. We feel it is an exciting design that we hope will encourage the whole community to use the space and bring people of all ages together.”
“The friends group will be involved in running future events and there are plans under way for a bulb/wild flower planting in September/October our website will be updated with all forthcoming events.”
The friends say they are looking to recruit more energetic, passionate people to join their group. They are keen to have representatives from all aspects of the community and are especially looking for teenagers to join their committee, where they will be able to help with the future development of the park and fund raising.
The opening of the park will be celebrated with community activities between 4pm and 6pm. Further details are expected to be available on the Friends of Jubilee Green website later this week. Chainsaw artist Peter Leadbeater will be carving railway sleepers to form bollards for the park; he will also be running a competition for people to guess how long it will take to carve one, the prize being a carved wooden mushroom.
Bradley Stoke Mayor Mark Forsyth will ceremonially open the park at 4:30pm.
Latest plans of the play park (on the BSTC website):
See also: Latest photos of the play park(on PicasaWeb).
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