Visionary Kings Meadow play improvement plan moves step nearer

Published Tuesday, 4 June 2019

The plan to improve play equipment in Kings Meadow in Burnt Ash Lane has moved a step nearer following the outcome of a tendering process.

The Friends of Kings Meadow are set to outline the features at the forthcoming family sports day on Saturday 8 June.

Following the successful Friends of Kings Meadow crowdfunding campaign, which raised over £5500 and a donation of £5000 from Clarion Futures, grant applications are now being prepared to raise to help meet the estimated total £70,000, with the council also set to contribute £15,000 from its Community Fund.  The Friends of Kings Meadow are one of Co-op's chosen Local Causes for 2019, with ‘charitable donations’ being made towards project.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said, “I am pleased that progress is being made to bring these plans or this project closer to fruition and on behalf of everyone, including local residents who may not be as closely involved, I would like to thank the Friends of Kings Meadow for their ongoing support and sheer hard work to get the project to this point.  If you have been inspired to join this dedicated group, please make yourself known to them on Saturday 8 June where details of the plans will be available too.”

Caroline Navin, Chair for the Friends of Kings Meadow said ”Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who have supported us in our crowdfunding campaign, including the donations from Parish CE Primary School from their charity days and to Clarion Futures.  Many of us will have happy memories of playing outside in a park as children and we are pleased to see a design that will better meet the needs of children of all ages and abilities.  We are hopeful that the new playground will help make Kings Meadow the vibrant hub that our community needs and deserves.  If you felt able to join us in this quest, please come along and meet us at the family sports day"

The winning tenderer, Proludic, an outdoor play specialist, selected by the council provides facilities for younger and older age ranges and for less mobile children on a single site.  All children can play together with activities that can be shared and the holistic design equips and brings vitality to the play spaces in such a way as to create a friendly environment and encourage frequent use.

The new play and recreation area will offer traditional play values combined with imaginative features, such as an accessible play house and activity trails across a castle moat up to a fort mound. There is also provision for picnics and free play along with an access gate onto the large playing field, where older children may be playing whilst younger ones are in the fenced play and recreation area.  The whole design conforms to Play England’s 10 Principles of creating successful play spaces (2008).

To understand more about the improvement plans and to join the Friends of Kings Meadow, go to their Family Sports Day on Saturday 8 June from 12-4pm in Kings Meadow Recreation Ground.


Editor’s notes

  • The Friends of Kings Meadow, who formed in 2017, approached the council via its fully managed park service contractor, idverde, with the idea of transforming the small, limited playground into a larger, play and recreation area, catering for all children, regardless of age and ability, creating a community hub with seating and planting.
  • The Friends of Kings Meadow undertook rigorous formal public consultation to ensure the specification met the public’s needs and expectations and much valuable feedback was also received during the Friends’ events programme in the park and via their social media platforms. 
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