FVPF, in partnership with St Albans District Council, are planning to improve the Victoria Playing Field playground on Folly Lane in St Albans. The current playground is well-used but very dated. We want to create a revitalised play area at the heart of this community green space.
The selection of the project is based on survey responses from local residents on what they would most like to see change in the playing field. This process indicated just how much the play area means to local people as well as the sense that it could be so much better.
The council has allocated some funds to get started but this only allows for replacement of the existing equipment. It will not enable us to provide equipment for older children (Key Stage 2/3 - ages 8 to 12). Our aim is to create an outstanding facility for children aged 1 to 12.
If we do manage to hit our crowdfunding target it also opens doors and enables us to lodge grant applications for other future improvements!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The current playground only caters for smaller children. Equipment is dated and is lacking in imagination and quality. We want to create a playground that incorporates better equipment and broadens the age range.
The community have voiced their opinion and upgrading the play area is a top priority. It is already an important facility for local parents, nurseries and schools but needs reinvigorating. FVPF has recognised the demand and ambition to make a positive change – to deliver a much requested step change in the playground. But in order for us to achieve these aims we must raise enough funds!
Steps to get it done:
There will be a strong emphasis on the appearance of facility so that it that blends in to the current natural feel of the field whilst considering maintenance needs to sustain what is put in place.
Victoria Playing Field is a public open space located between Verulam Road and Folly Lane in St Albans. The land was originally used as a clay pit and was presented by the then owners, Mr and Mrs Charles Woollam, to the City of St Albans in 1898 as a recreation ground on the understanding that “The field shall be used by children to play in and that it shall be called The Victoria Playing Field”.
We are hopeful our efforts will enable us to significantly improve the local playground, providing not only this generation, but many more to come with an amazing facility!
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*WE HAVE A DATE!* The FVPF are incredibly excited to be sharing this much-expected news with all our supporters. Our shiny new playground will start being built on the 19 June, with completion expected to be the *19 July*! Our last update was on the 27 January, when our specification was published by St Albans City and District Council for companies to tender for the project. We had 4 companies bidding. Two were ruled out as they didn't meet the specification leaving two good contenders. After a number of meetings, we agreed with the Council that HAGS SMP (www.hags-smp.co.uk) had provided us with the best proposal and the best value for our money. They were very accommodating with all our requests, and committed to producing equipment that still delivers the natural look we aspired to as well as being durable and in line with the warranties required by the Council. All we can say is that we'll have what we wished for and more! We are waiting for the Council to share some visuals with us so we can share it with you here (we couldn't wait any longer though - we had to let you all know!) Thank you all for your patience, we know the long wait has been very frustrating for all - believe us, we would have loved to have the playground ready a long time ago. Thank you all again for your support and for making this a reality. Here's to many happy children having an active, playful childhood! All the best from The FVPF
Our sincere apologies it has taken us so long to give you an update on the status of the new playground - we have been waiting for some legal processes to be cleared. We're very excited to announce that our Specification document is now out for companies to bid on. This tendering process is very much led by the council and all we have to do now is wait! This is a very exciting phase of the project as a number of companies will get to share their vision on the playground design, based on what we had originally drafted over a year ago. We share here the new design which was worked on after we had a few meetings with the Council and cleared what could be achieved. Date for completion is set towards end of May - fingers crossed we shall have our shiny new playground ready for the summer! Thank you all for your patience.
It’s been a while since we last posted an update here regarding developments with the new playground. Do trust us, things are progressing nicely! We are currently working closely with our partners at St Albans District Council (SADC) to finalise the design specification that will be used to send to prospective equipment suppliers to tender for the work. Our aim is to have this tender document ready by 15th September. The tendering and selection process will take place before the year’s end and we're expecting installation of the new playground to begin in the spring of 2017! The design expectation & equipment list remains similar to that previously communicated. The only changes are that one of our desired pieces of kit (Mobilus) is out of production and we have also removed the tree swing from the specification on guidance from our partners at SADC (forbidden to use living structures to support Children’s equipment) – We are exploring alternatives to both of these. So the kit list currently stands at: - Playable entrance (logs on end) - Two big swings - Two toddler swings - Sandpit with role-play features - Climbing circuit including slide (2 to 10 yrs) - Large climbing tree (6 to 13 yrs) or alternative - Basket swing - Play path through laurel bush plus rotating play feature probably giants stride - Relocated sea saw - Bouncy pit plus alternatives to Mobilus & tree swing. We’ll do our best to keep you updated with progress made over the forthcoming months but if you have any specific questions in the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact us on email@example.com or facebook.com/fvpfstalbans. With beast regards from the FVPF
We know we've been awfully quiet about the new playground (yay!) developments, but trust us, we've been working away in the background and have some good news to share. We were able to have a really constructive catch up with our partners at St Albans City and District Council (SADC) last week and things are really beginning to take shape and move forward. This is the first partly crowdfunded project the Council has ever dealt with, so both parties are working together to define the best approach. The FVPF fundraised a good 30% of the total cost and we truly hope our ambition of delivering a more natural and sustainable play area will be achieved. FVPF will be working closely with SADC in the next few months with the tendering process to select a suitable supplier who can fulfil our vision of the new playground. As for the big question - when exactly will have a new playground in Victoria Playing Field, we are confident that if all goes to plan with the tendering process then work could conceivably begin on the new facility in September/October 2016 completing sometime in the spring of 2017. Thank you once again for all your support and we'll keep you posted! The FVPF
We are over the moon with the results today. Thank you all, once again. Although the Spacehive part of the project is now finished, we are still fundraising through selling raffle tickets and applying for major grants. This will be going towards the more natural look and using sustainable materials on the playground. More to follow soon! We also wanted to let you know we still have events lined up. these were part of the plan and all are welcome! It's QUIZ and BINGO night at The Boot in St Albans tomorrow night (Thursday 11) at 8pm. Join us if you can. And last but lot least - thank you to the Review once again for this front page article (photo taken on our pop-up cake shop last Saturday 6 Feb). To view the article, please visit our Facebook page. If you have any questions - please don't hesitate to ask us via firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook www.facebook.com/fvpfstalbans/ and Twitter: @FriendsVPF Thank you, The Friends of Victoria Playing Field