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Friends of Montgomery Play Park

Hello, we are Friends of Montgomery Play Park and since early 2020 we have been working closely with Montgomery Town Council (who are responsible for the town’s parks), to bring new play park provision to the town for residents, locals and visitors. We are a small team of local parents who, on behalf of the wider community, want to make this happen. So what have we been doing so far?

 

Between April - August 2020 we undertook a community survey asking how people felt about the current play park provision in Montgomery (in particular the site at Tan y Mur), and what they would like to see provided in a new play park if funds could be raised. It showed us that 75% of people felt that the current play equipment was considered inadequate and that the park should allow for ‘adventure’, be ‘interactive’, have ‘more green space’, provide ‘interesting equipment’ and allow for ‘imagination’. It is important for people that there is a variety of things to do, with space for children to run and jump as well as socialise and be open for improvised play. Other important elements are that any park should be aesthetically pleasing with provision made for shelter and of course that safety is paramount.

 

We compiled a brief based on the community feedback and invited a number of specialist play companies to come up with ideas for a new Play Park to be built on the recreation field opposite Tan y Mur. After further consultation with local people April 2021 it was decided that the preferred plans were those by Earth Wrights, a company specialising in the design and build of inspirational natural playscapes

 

Earth Wrights' Youtube Video

 

 

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Their exciting approach to ‘play' caters for all abilities and ages, while their use of natural materials and structures offer a sense of space and discovery whilst being safe and appropriately challenging. People also felt that the park’s connection with the environment and the use of sustainable materials were relevant for the particular site and town’s ethos.

Their exciting approach to ‘play' caters for all abilities and ages, while their use of natural materials and structures offer a sense of space and discovery whilst being safe and appropriately challenging. People also felt that the park’s connection with the environment and the use of sustainable materials were relevant for the particular site and town’s ethos.

The original quote for this design was £140,000. The Friends worked on a Medium Lottery Grant to raise the bulk of the funds to help realise these designs but unfortunately it was unsuccessful (despite very positive feedback). However, since then the Friends and Montgomery Town Council have been successful with a number of funding applications including;

 

Awards for All: £10,000

People’s Postcode Lottery: £2000

Montgomery Community Care Project: £5161

 

A number of community fundraisers have also taken place including Christmas raffles, a 100 Square Club, wonderful Scarecrow Trail and Competition, Jubilee Window competition, coffee morning and others. We have approached local and relevant businesses and organisations to offer their support while also delivering an online Localgiving appeal. As of July 2022 we have raised £21,000 towards the project. Continuing updates of our fundraising efforts will feature in our News section.

Click here if you would like to make a donation to support the project.

 

Local Giving

 

Due to escalating costs and because fundraising will take longer than hoped, The Friends and Montgomery town Council are taking a phased approach to delivery of the project and aim to deliver Phase 1 by the end of 2022. Please see updates in the News section

 

Click here to see the plans Earth Wrights

 

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Donations - We need your support

A number of community fundraisers have also taken place including Christmas raffles, an ongoing 100 square Club and wonderful Scarecrow Trail and Competition. We have approached local and relevant businesses and organisations to offer their support while also launching an online Localgiving appeal. Updates of our fundraising efforts will feature in our News section.

If you would like to make a donation to help us reach our target, please click on the button

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Community Consultation

April-May 2021 (complete)

Apply for Planning Permission

May 2021 (not required)

Apply for Lottery Funds

July/August 2021 (complete)

Apply for other funds

sponsorship and undertake further fundraising – Sept - Nov 2021

Funding outcomes

October onwards 2021

Work begins

(dependent on funds raised) but latest Spring 2022

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Current committee members

Alex Boyd Jones

Chair

Katie Owen

Secretary

Anneli Lynch

Treasurer

Kate MacDonald

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People's Postcode Lottery

Montgomery Wales Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Friends of Montgomery Play Park has received £2000 from the Trust towards the delivery of a brand new play park for the town.