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Rowan Park Playground, Gym & Picnic Spot

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Rowan Park Playground, Gym & Picnic Spot

Rowan Park Playground, Gym & Picnic Spot

Simon  Bozzoli By Simon Bozzoli

Rowan Park's public open space is a rare stretch of green in an otherwise grey suburban area. It is large, but poorly planted and maintained. With a little TLC it will become the heart of a community.

Merton Idea stage

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This project will transform the existing park in five phases. 1. New equipment will be purchased for the children's play area. Swings will be installed to make the play area more enjoyable for children. 2. Resistance-based green gym fitness stations manufactured by Proludic will be installed in various locations around the park. 3. A 100sqm wooden deck will be built for picnics and outdoor exercise classes such as yoga or pilates. 4. A floating duck island will be installed to provide a safe nesting place for the growing population of water birds. 5. A lockable, secure shed will be installed which will be used to store tools and maintenance equipment. Residents at the development, who are represented and coordinated by the Residents Association, will also volunteer to maintain the newly improved space in the future.

What we'll deliver:

  • Install a secure and lockable shed for storage of tools and maintenance equipment (managed by the residents association)
  • Add a custom built floating duck island in large pond to create a habitat for waterbirds.
  • Build a decked picnic and exercise area for activities like outdoor yoga or community get-togethers in summer
  • Improve the playground adding swings and making decked areas more accessible.
  • Place green gym fitness stations in various spots around the park for use by local people.

Why it's a great idea:

Rowan Park is a new development of 225 homes. It is filled with people who love where they live and care about it's success. It is a vibrant community, full of new and young families. The sound and sight of children, playing in the park and throughout the development is common and residents and local people are proud an protective of the new green space. However the developer of the site, Crest Nicholson, have left the site in poor condition and much needs to be done to make the park a more enjoyable and functional space for the community. The residents have therefore taken control of the problem themselves, forming a residents association and starting work on this project. This project will make Rowan Park a safer, more enjoyable and more pleasant place for those children and families. And it will make the park an attraction for other local residents.

Steps to get it done:

  • Decked Picnic and Fitness Area to be sourced and built by local resident volunteers.
  • Floating Duck island supplied and installed by GR Designs Ltd of Ashford, Kent.
  • Local volunteer groups to be established with a schedule for maintenance of the park, litter picking, etc.
  • Swings supplied and installed by Proludic, a leading manufacturer of quality outdoor activity equipment.
  • Green Gym Fitness Stations supplied and installed by Proludic, a leading manufacturer of outdoor activity equipment.
  • Secure and lockable shed to be sourced and installed by local resident volunteers for storage of maintenance equipment.


Location Merton

About the space

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London Borough of Merton

How will the money be spent?Total £14,205

Green Gym Equipment - £5,723 (40%)
Childrens Swings - £2,800 (20%)
Maintenance Shed - £2,000 (14%)
Decked picnic and outdoor exercise area - £1,500 (11%)
Oval Floating Duck Island - £900 (6%)
Other - £1,282 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Green Gym Equipment
Childrens Swings
Maintenance Shed
Decked picnic and outdoor exercise area
Oval Floating Duck Island
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £14,205

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