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The Paddling Pool in Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields that has been enjoyed by the Merton and its surrounding boroughs for many years has become too expensive for the council to maintain. We want to replace this paddling pool with a new, safer, more accessible splash pad that will be have remote access allowing it to be opened throughout the year. Merton have agreed to fund 10% of the project, but the cost of this project is £270,000. We are fighting for the council to open the pool for one more year whilst we campaign to attract local sponsorship, lottery funding and community backing. We want to give this project legs and are asking the community to join us in a Splash Dance whilst telling us how much they would be prepared to pledge to back the project. We hope to raise the bulk of the project from sponsorship and grant funding but then will be coming back to the community to crowd-fund for the remainder. Please get behind this project and give it some DANCING legs!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
BECAUSE KIDS NEED TO KEEP ACTIVE AND THEY NEED ACCESSIBLE FACILITIES TO DO THIS. Our community is surrounded by numerous schools, youth groups and families with young children that would benefit from this facility. We want to give our children accessible and safe areas to enjoy our fantastic outdoor space.
Steps to get it done:
The park is used by residents of Merton, Sutton and Kingston and further afield. We want demonstrate what can be achieved when a community can pull together. West end Choreographer Lizzi Gee has created a "Splash Dance" to spread our message. This will be launched to the community on 19th March 2016 in the disused Paddling Pool. The community will be taught the routine and we will film the dance. We will then post it on our Facebook Page and appeal to you, the community to recreate this simple "Splash Dance" (do it in the bath, in a bucket, whilst someone squirts a water pistol at you..you decide) The Community can continue to show the council and potential funders that we need this facility by joining in our Splash Dance campaign. If they can’t come to the event then they can Like and share our Facebook page where they will also be able to learn the “Splash Dance” if they miss it live.
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