Creating 'our dream park' is a 4 year plan. Phase 1 is Consultation and Planning. Once designs have been drawn and approved by the community, Phases 2-4 would follow, each year requiring funding support. Eventually the park will be more accessible by completing the path around it, with a trim trail to encourage fitness for all ages. The playground facilities desperately need replacing (25% of those who responded to our survey don't have gardens) We would encourage more imaginative play with musical/water items and a more natural play area, alongside a 'traditional' play area. There is no local provision for older children/teenagers, so need an area for them eg zip wire, multi use games area, seating. We hope to establish an orchard and beekeeping area, so families can learn about care of the trees and beekeeping. Picnic benches and items to encourage families to visit are on our list too. It's a grand plan which starts with professional help- and that costs money!
What we'll deliver:
- Enlist the services of professionals designers who have the skills to create our vision for our dream park
Why it's a great idea:
Our community spirit has already improved since the Friends of Manor Park Group was set up. It has given local people the ability to do something about their park, as it has focus and a dream for the future. The park covers more than 25 acres and is the 2nd largest park in Kingston. It is a wonderful space which could be so much more for the community than it is at present. Families and carers will benefit hugely and teenagers/young people will have somewhere they can enjoy, knowing it was designed specifically for them. Families without gardens will benefit, as well as those interested in nature and fitness. The environment will benefit from additional planting and beekeeping.
Steps to get it done:
- Meet with professional designers
- Secure the services of chosen design company
- Hold workshops/forums/ community meetings to discuss the locals requirements
- Create designs, 3D plans, scale models
- Finalise plans and and budgets to allocate to Phases 2-4
The new found sense of community, just from the simple copse clean up, litter picks and bulb planting sessions we have done, is palpable. Imagine the effect that a park to be proud of, would have! I'm sure that more indoor and outdoor community events would follow, along with a closer knit neighbourhood. The first step on the long road ahead is to get the planning done correctly so that our park can be the best version possible. Dedicated designs, 3D plans, scale models, landscape ideas, workshop advice and professional help will enable the community to have a say in how their park will be in 4 years time.