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Poplar Scoot!

Funded on Spacehive 29 April 2017 Delivered 20 July 2017

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Poplar Scoot!

Poplar Primary School By Poplar Primary School

The school is creating a unique Scooter Park in which young children can ride and play on their scooters in a safe and attractive environment - both in the school day and also at the weekends.

Merton Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 29 Apr 2017!

Poplar School backs on to the local park – Mostyn Gardens and an opportunity to develop this area arose last year after our school expansion project. This corner of the park was used as the vehicle access for the new build and a road was left behind -crossing the park to our grounds. Our Headteacher noticed lots of young children came to school on their ‘scooters’ and she devised the idea of a Scooter Park! The design includes using the existing road and adding road markings and undulating pathways with raised gradients to give interest plus a 'race track' grid. There is also be a 'village' area for play activities. The park will be used by the school at set times but open to the community each day and at weekends. We cannot find a park of this nature in the UK –we think it is quite unique - certainly in Merton! We need £20,000 for the second phase which includes installing a timber shelter, street furniture, road markings, signage and the completion of the race track!

What we'll deliver:

  • Buy planting to enhance the natural habitat ie snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells
  • Install a timber shelter
  • Install child friendly road signs
  • Install scooter parking bays
  • Intall 'street' furniture such as mock traffic lights, petrol pumps, bus stops.
  • Produce correct road line markings such as pedestrian crossings, a roundabout and arrows marking direction of travel

Why it's a great idea:

It is a unique space - we are unable to find another Scooter Park designed specifically for young children in Merton and maybe even the UK! It provides a much needed play space for the young children in the local community and supports their health and well-being by providing a safe outdoor area for them to use with their families. It has made use of a very underused and neglected area of the local park- it will not only increase the parks facilities but also create a more attractive area for everyone to enjoy. It can also be used by the Council as a venue to deliver their 'Safe Scooting' lessons to young children in local neighbouring schools.

Steps to get it done:

  • Installation of Park signage - May 2017
  • Installation of Street Furniture and Road markings - April 2017
  • Installation of Timber shelter - May 2017
  • Opening of the Park to the public End of May 2017
  • Planting up of areas as seasonally appropriate March/April onwards
  • Recycling Scooters school campaign Summer Term 2017
  • Completion of Race track - April 2017
  • School Sponsored Scooter Park 'duathlon' and Backers Breakfast invite - 30th March
  • Scooter Park trail practice morning - 10th March 2017

The Scooter Park project has the support of local organisations - the Friends of Mostyn Gardens, the John Innes society and the local Merton Park's resident association. It also has the support of Merton council who have agreed to the use of the parkland for this unique community project.

Location Merton

About the space

This is a corner of Mostyn Gardens Park backing onto Poplar Primary school.


London Borough of Merton

How will the money be spent?Total £19,307

Completion of race track - £9,000 (47%)
Road markings - £3,500 (18%)
Signage - £3,000 (16%)
Street furniture - £2,200 (11%)
Planting ie young shrubs, bulbs etc - £500 (3%)
Other - £1,107 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Completion of race track
Road markings
Street furniture
Planting ie young shrubs, bulbs etc
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £19,307

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • We would like to build up a selection of 30 scooters (new or nearly new) for the school children to have use of each day when they are playing in the Scooter Park.
  • We also need gardening equipment such as garden shears, secateurs and a leaf blower in order to help us maintain the grounds in the park.

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We are delighted to offer you a variety of gardening tools to help maintain the scooter park and keep it looking in top form.
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