£80,000 funding for new play park
CHILDREN in Kingswood will be able to enjoy a new play park this year thanks to £80,000 funding.
Colebrook park, off Two Mile Hill, has been without any play area for a year after the old, rotten equipment was removed because of safety concerns.
Thanks to more than two years of hard work by volunteers to secure funding, youngsters will be able to enjoy new equipment in time for the summer.
The Friends of Colebrook Park group has applied for grants from Bristol City Council and local businesses and finally has enough money to begin work on the much-needed play area.
Children at Two Mile Hill primary school brainstormed what equipment they’d like to see in the new playpark. Their suggestions have been put forward as part of the tender process, which is currently taking place.
The new play area could include two multi-use pieces of play equipment, one for preschoolers and one for primary age children, including a bridge, slide, ropes, swings, turrets and rockers.
Unlike the previous play area, the new one will be secured by a fence to keep dogs out and children in.
Ceri Edwards, whose garden backs onto the park, was one of the founding members of Friends of Colebrook Park.
She said: “The old equipment wasn’t much fun and my own children didn’t play on it very often. It’s been much more work than I imagined to get to this stage.
“I’m very glad things have worked out in the end. We’ve spent a lot of time getting quotes in and ideas for what the park could look like.
“We’ve been mindful of residents around the park and made sure none of the equipment will be noisy. It’s a good community with lots of families living here so we hope many children will be able to enjoy the play area once it’s built.”
The funding is sufficient to improve paths through the park too, to ensure they are suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.
Once an equipment provider is chosen, it is hoped that work will begin in March.