Playscape News – February 2020 Newsletter

Playscape – Who Are We and What Are We Doing?

We’ve been around for a while, but we thought it worth introducing ourselves again and updating everyone.

Who, What, Why?

Hi! We’re a local charity run my volunteers championing the complete transformation of the rather sorry playground into an inclusive and exciting Playscape. We want it showcase how good design can make a shared play space accessible to a wide range of ages and abilities, whilst still looking beautiful (and being super fun!).

What We’ve Achieved…

From planning permission for the master plan, better sports storage, inspiring new services for the feast, to a wilder side down by the river with new willow den, meadows and bridge, the Playscape Project has already had a positive impact on the rec. As part of our fundraising efforts we have brought the fantastic Shelford Fun Run back and we’ve raised c.£90k towards the design and construction costs of the bespoke playscape.

Where We’re At…

  • Our trustee and resident architect, Vaila, is helping the PC finalise designs for the new pedestrian entrance and relocated parking spaces.
  • Thanks to the Feast Grant in November we’re ready to order the horses for the shelter renovation.
  • Final technical Designs. Erect Architecture are ready to draw the final technical drawings (when we’ve got confirmation that we can build over the main sewer that runs under the playground!) and then we’ll be able to go out to tender.
  • Final fundraising. This is a big investment for our village to create a wonderful legacy that will strengthen our reputation as a crucial local hub for all. We’re busy investigating grant opportunities, but we will no doubt also need to call on the Village’s generosity again when we have the final costs.

What You Can Do To Help

Whether you can offer some professional pro bono work or commit to raising sponsorship for us with your next personal challenge, we would love to hear from you!

See here for more information on how to donate, support us or view the designs.

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