Work is expected to start on building a new playground in Grange Park, Old Coulsdon, from Monday, with local children able to enjoy the new facilities as soon as the work is completed, through much of the summer holidays.
Depending on the weather, the work is expected to be finished within four weeks, with the official grand opening of the inclusive playground to take place on September 10, coinciding with the Old Coulsdon Rotary Club’s Village Fair.
The Friends of Grange Park, Old Coulsdon have unveiled the final design for the playground, produced by Proludic Limited, which responds to the ideas generated by the community during the Friends’ consultation in autumn 2014.
In addition to their own efforts, which saw them raise more than £100,000, the Friends have been awarded a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award, through the Landfill Communities Fund, and £19,999 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust. The Macquarie Group Foundation has also given substantial funding towards the project.
The Friends have been working on the playground scheme with the broader community for more than two years to renovate and replace a severely dilapidated playground, which had been installed 25 years earlier.
The playground design is drawn from a “design your dream playground” competition involving around 150 local school children and which is based on the local heritage and landscape, including Kenley Airfield and the River Bourne.
Inclusivity is also a hallmark of the design, which will achievePIPA status – the government endorsed accreditation of an inclusive playground.
“The Friends are very excited that work will soon commence on building this new community asset, which we believe will transform the heart of Old Coulsdon,” said Hannah Price-Harries, the vice-chair of the Friends.
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