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Friends of Coney Hall Park is crowdfunding

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Weʼre raising £3,500 to invest in Coney Hall Park's 'Play for all' plans to improve facilities for all ages, enhance the environment and create safe spaces for fun.

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The Friends of Coney Hall Park, in the London Borough of Bromley are still fundraising for ‘Play for All’, our biggest and most ambitious project. We need lots of support, so please help us. We have already raised nearly £59,000 but need more towards Phase Two.

In May 2024 we will start Phase One, the re-development of the two dilapidated tennis courts closest to the car park. PHASE ONE. This includes the creation of a ‘learn to ride’ circuit for young children and the installation of three concrete table tennis tables. The area will be enhanced by the removal of two unsightly fences and the planting of a natural barrier, providing a new habitat for wildlife and gardening opportunities for our wider community. (Parklands nursery children are nurturing nearly fifty young trees for this.) Our plans include creating a breathable path through the trees to ensure the new play area and four tennis courts beyond will be accessible to all. This means no more climbing down those steep concrete steps!

PHASE TWO is what we urgently need help with. We hope to start later in 2024, but desperately need more funds. This involves extending an unused area of hard standing and building a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) where youngsters can play football or basketball. A seating area will provide a safe place for them to sit and chat with friends, or for parents whilst watching younger children play. This facility, together with the table tennis tables coming in May 2024 will ensure our park caters for all ages, including teenagers and young adults. We need families with children of this age to support us in achieving this goal.

BOOK TICKETS FOR OUR FUN DAY. On Saturday 25th May we are holding an exciting inflatables day to raise more funds. This is a family event, with parents and grandparents being asked to help supervise their children throughout each session. There will be lots of big inflatables for children to play on, with two sessions to book, either morning 11:00 till 1:30, or afternoon 2:30 till 5:00 p.m.. Parents can book tickets @ £12.50 from Jumping Jacks. Go to www.jumpingjacksbouncycastles.co.uk

If you have a preschool child, you can book the same sessions but for £5.00 This means your child can only play in the 'under five's area with smaller castles and a slide, ball pond and soft play area. Older siblings will not be able to go on these inflatables. Text 07940 821271 for Pre-school only tickets.

If you have a young child with special needs (Pre-school / reception / year one) you can book a quieter Early bird session from 10:00 till 11:00. Older siblings up to Year Two, may be able to use the inflatables, depending on numbers. Text 07940 821271 for more information.

*the above pictures are illustrative designs

NEED & EVIDENCE - There are insufficient facilities for young people, with little to promote informal play /sports. Increasing anti-social behaviour in the park: drug use, vandalism and graffiti is reported to Bromley / police. The need for better facilities is evidenced by F.O.C.H.P consultation. Our survey of 142 people showed 94.3% were in favour of building a MUGA (5% didn’t mind & 0.7% against.) Further consultation showed overwhelming support for the other activities. Last Summer local parents installed basketball and football goals on disused tennis courts. This was very popular and showed local demand. It was used by all ages, but caused noise disturbance and safety concerns for some. Our proposal meets demand, with noisier activities located away from housing. In December 2022, our online survey had nearly 400 responses, showing overwhelming support for our project.

BENEFIT - This will increase physical activity, provide social interaction, promoting mental health and wellbeing. It will enhance links between the F.O.C.H.P. and local youngsters, potentially reducing antisocial behaviour. Two dilapidated areas will be significantly improved, with residents of all ages helping to enhance biodiversity in the natural environment.

PARTNERS AND TIMESCALE - F.O.C.H.P. will work: with Idverde, Bromley Council and several organisations including the Resident's Association, EACH, Nash College, St John's Church, local schools and guide / scout groups. Additional grant funding will be sought from Idverde approved funders. The anticipated timescale is within the next financial year.

Please support our 'play for all' project in any way you can, so that we all benefit from this wonderful initiative! If you don't want to make a cash donation but would rather support us in some other way, please email coneyhallfophotmail.com.

Together, we can make a real difference!

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  • Friends of Coney Hall Park 1 year ago
    Friends of Coney Hall Park

    Friends of Coney Hall Park

    1 year ago

    The Coney Hall Ball is less than a week away and we have over 130 people coming. Thank you to all the local businesses and families that have donated prizes and bought raffle tickets. In addition to what has been donated on our just giving page, we have raised nearly £2,000 from sponsors and other fundraising. Thank you for your support.

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49

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 18, 2024

    £20.00

  • Danail petrov

    Danail petrov

    May 18, 2024

    Amazing work, Alison. Thank you!

    £200.00

  • Bev and Damian

    Bev and Damian

    Apr 30, 2024

    Thank you for supporting our children Alison, great to have somewhere for teens to go after school. We love this idea to improve coney hall rec. 100% support you!

    £50.00

  • Crafty Wizards Pre-School

    Crafty Wizards Pre-School

    Mar 28, 2024

    Good luck for your play for all project. You have done amazingly.

    £30.00

  • James Dixon Primary

    James Dixon Primary

    Mar 28, 2024

    £20.00

  • Rossy's Rascals Pre-School

    Rossy's Rascals Pre-School

    Mar 27, 2024

    Thank you for all the lovely paper.

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 27, 2024

    Keep up the great work!

    £20.00

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