Kings Meadow fundraising success
Published Tuesday, 27 October 2020
The installation of new play equipment in a re-designed playground in Kings Meadow Bromley will soon go ahead following a successful grant application.
The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK has committed £50k to the project.
The news follows a concerted fundraising campaign, led by the Friends of Kings Meadow, and supported strongly by the local community, including crowdfunding and further grant funding secured from Co-op Local Community Fund, Clarion Futures, idverde Community Investment Fund and The Brun Bear Foundation. In addition, Bromley Council will contribute £25,000 towards the cost of this project, part of that in lieu of onsite play facilities at the nearby new housing development at Brindley Way. Funding is set to improve and extend facilities of this much loved green space, with work starting next month.
Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment said “This is excellent news. In particular, I would like to thank the Friends of Kings Meadow for their time and hard work on this project. If it wasn’t for them, securing grants and sponsorship, we wouldn’t be where we are today. The way the wider community has rallied behind this project has been inspiring and this is what makes our communities stronger and better places to live.”
Councillor Huntington-Thresher added, “Friends groups all over the borough are very much involved in improving their local parks and green spaces,, and anyone who would like a say in their park could either join an existing group or if there isn't one, set a group up with our help and support. Anyone who is interested can find out more or join at www.bromley.gov.uk/volunteering, ready for when social distancing measures are lifted”
Caroline Navin, Chair of Friends of Kings Meadow said, “We are absolutely delighted that Kings Meadow will soon benefit from a much-needed improved play and recreation area, with equipment for children of all ages and abilities. We are so grateful for the community’s support throughout the project – from donations to volunteering to attending events – all of which has been key to making the new playground a reality.”
Most of the old equipment will be replaced with exciting new pieces, from supplier Proludic, that appeal to children of all ages, abilities and disabilities, encouraging interaction together. The equipment, decided by public consultation, will include swings, a zip wire, climbing frames and features to encourage imaginative play, such as a moat, and mound, a playhouse for the little ones and colourful floor markings. The project aims to be inclusive and build a stronger community with seating designed to encourage people to spend time in the park.
The grant funding success means current and future generations will be able to enjoy the park and playground, with the health benefits this will also bring. Installation of the playground is due in early November and most of the play facilities should be re-opened from the middle of December, subject to any change resulting from the impact of Covid-19.
Notes to editors:
The council’s contractor idverde, manage and maintain parks and greenspaces in partnership with Friends of Parks groups.
Prior to Covid-19 restrictions, the Friends ran a series of community events. These will be resumed when social distancing regulations are no longer in place. To find out more about the Friends of Kings Meadow, you can visit their Facebook page @kingsmeadowbromley or visit www.friendsofkingsmeadow.co.uk
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