”I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the wonderful park in Crowmarsh! I have 3 children, 1 is severely disabled and in a wheelchair. Until now there is hasn’t been anywhere locally that i can take them all to play together. Now, with the roundabout, sensory boards, sunken trampoline and accessible picnic benches they can all have fun together!
Great job, thank you! I hope other parks take notes from what you have achieved!”
Crowmarsh Little Pick will be on Saturday 16th March at 10am, meeting at the bus stop outside Thames Mead. Please bring old gloves if you have some. Bags and little pickers will be provided. All help is much appreciated.
Temporary fencing has been erected as the contractor’s crew moved in to dismantle the old playground whilst carefully retaining those elements we are keeping like the beloved train, trees and hopefully the honeysuckle over the arches.
Day 13 – 20th January
The Playground starts to take shape with the frames for the basket swing, climbing frame and hexagon swing in place.
Day 26 – 2nd February 2019
Installation has been progressing well, despite a short break for the snow!
The Extron climbing frame with spiral slide, behind the frame for the nest swing and the trampoline.
The toddler Dom play unit with slide.
One end of the dual cableway.
The six pieces of gym equipment, two of the round tables with benches and the other end of the cable way in the distance.
Day 37 – 13th February 2019
Six pieces of gym equipment with grass grow through matting are now complete.
Whilst some of the playground and gym equipment is looking fit for use, please note that until the contractors fences are removed, the equipment has not been checked and signed off, so not necessarily fit for purpose.
We respectfully ask all those not involved with the construction to stay out of the contractors area until the fences are removed.
Day 40 – 16th February 2019 – Mounds and Compensation
There are four new mounds in the play area that must be compensated for, for the loss of flood plain capacity they remove. This compensation ensures the recreation ground can take the same amount of flood water as before the playground was constructed.
Two of the new mounds pictured above, the one with the play tube will be covered in artificial grass.
Above are the remaining two new mounds in the background. Both mounds turfed and awaiting a wobbly bridge to join them. The frame for the High Rocker is in the foreground.
Above is one of the two areas where soil has been removed to compensate for flood capacity, the soil being used to form the mounds. This area is near the boundary with SODC – the highest part of the sight to compensate for the upper parts of the mounds.
The recesses are approximately 200mm deep. The edges are to be tapered and area grass seeded.
The second compensation area (pictured above) is situated on the far side of the recreation ground where the levels are nearly the same as the lower parts of the mounds.
It is with great thanks from the following providers that we have secured the necessary funds to proceed with the project to update the Playground and add a new Outdoor Gym.
WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund £80,040
ACTIVE SPACES * £5,000
Howbery Park £300
Homebase Property Management £150
There are also contributions of £513 from the community donated in memory of the former Parish Council Chairman John Bellamy.
In addition Crowmarsh Parish Council is contributing to the project a sum of approximately £35,000. This includes £8604 to FCC Recycling UK Ltd to facilitate the WREN grant.
With a total of £185,000 worth of grants from our three main funding providers Crowmarsh Parish Council is now planning the commencement of the project. Due diligence has been carried out and Eibe has been appointed contractor for the New Playground and Outdoor Gym Installation.
Dates to Remember: Crowmarsh Playground closed from 8th January until approximately Easter 2019
Work is scheduled to commence on the 8th January with an estimated handover mid to late March – therefore the playground and surrounding area will be off limits during this time.
Plans are currently in place to commence work on the 8th January with an estimated handover mid to late March – therefore the playground and surrounding area will be off limits for this time.
We look forward to being able to welcome you all back to the New Playground and New Outdoor Gym with a Grand Opening around Easter.
Subject to legal requirements Crowmarsh Parish Council is happy to report that sufficient funding has been secured such that the New Playground and Outdoor Gym project can go ahead.
Many thanks to the providers, SODC, WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund and ACTIVE SPACES (The London Marathon Charitable Trust and Fields Trust) for their contributions, and thanks to the community for your letters of support and feedback helping to shape the project and its outcome.
We look forward to sharing more with you in the near future once we have gone through due diligence and appointed a contractor.