Ashingdon Memorial Playground Needs Your Help!
A community drive has been launched to help transform Ashingdon Memorial Playground into somewhere truly special for children to play.
The idea is to use a crowd-funding campaign as part of plans to revitalise the park, at King George’s Field, with new equipment designed to spark the imagination.
The park is very popular as it is used every day by an on-site nursery, pupils from schools including St Holt Farm Infant and
Junior Schools, Ashingdon Primary Academy and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, and scores of other local children.
However, the equipment is now ageing and the children would benefit from more stimulating and challenging play.
Funding has already been secured to extend the play area with some equipment for older children, but extra resources are needed to replace the equipment in the existing playground.
Dean Potter, who lives in Hockley, takes his son Finley aged four, to the park.
He said: “I used to come here as a kid in the 90s and now I bring my kid over here, so it would be nice to see it restored again. I think crowd-funding is the best way of doing things now days, people care more about their area now, and you get a lot more money to pay for it by doing it this way.”
Chairman of Ashingdon Parish Council, Cllr Terry Flowers, said: “We are hoping to raise £18,853 for the play equipment. The Parish Council have pledged £5,000 and Rochford District Council have also pledged £5,000; residents are asked for their support to help us in raising the balance. Any amount will do, we already have some pledges. If you feel you can support us in improving this facility for the younger children of the parish then please pledge at www.spacehive.com/ashingdon-memorial-park”
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Arthur Williams, said: “This is such a popular park, which is always teaming with local children, and there is huge potential to transform it into a modern and challenging space for them to play. The detailed plans show just what can be achieved if enough funds are raised to get this project off the ground.
“It would be wonderful if the whole community could get behind Ashingdon Memorial Playground and create something truly special for our children and grandchildren to enjoy for years to come.”
Crowd-funding enables people with project ideas to get support from their local community, by pitching online for funding from local people and organisations.
Please note that the equipment to be bought may be subject to change.