Onchan Park is a park in the Gedling Borough Council district at the top of Oakdale Road, Carlton, Nottingham, England. Bordered by Onchan Avenue, Onchan Drive and Greenhill Road the once vibrant park was used by people from across the region. The children’s playground, tennis court, 5 a side football pitch, bowling green and the flora and fauna all providing opportunities for all ages to be active and enjoy the surroundings.
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As you know Onchan Park Pavilion is located in the centre of Onchan Park (otherwise know as Oakdale Road Recreation Ground) is currently in a state of disrepair and unable to be used. Friends of Onchan Park would like to see the regeneration of the pavilion along with the transformation of the rest of the park.
Ideally we’d like the building to serve as a community hub for local groups. We would like to create a building that would meet the needs of the groups who would like to use the space. At the same time we would like to create a space that will be very cost efficient to run, perhaps incorporating solar and wind power. Given the extent of likely building works we will need to submit bids for charity funding. To support our bid we will be required to show the need for the works and how the project will benefit the community. We think the best way to do this is by involving local groups in the planning stages to create the ultimate community hub.
The pavilion building has a large central room, with double doors opening onto the porch facing the green space. These doors are currently boarded up and the outside is decorated with artwork to deter vandalism- read all about the pavilion transformation project here. There is ramped access to the side door which is the main access point for the building at the moment. The total internal dimensions are 17.8 metres by 7.1 metres, a total of 126 square metres.
Inside there is a kitchen, toilets and several smaller rooms which were once used as changing rooms or storage rooms for the bowls players. These smaller rooms could be knocked together to form one large room. Have a look at some of the awards boards that are still on the walls on our Memories page.
Outside there are two small tarmac car parks within the park. The green space is an old bowling green measuring 40m x 40m. There are mature trees, hedges and flower borders on the park as well as the children’s playground and two sports courts. Details about the trees and hedges are described here: trees-and-hedges-survey.
Friends of Onchan Park conducted a survey which showed the need for a community hub in the area sometimes known as ‘Carlton Village’ or the Carlton district ward. Our community wants: keep fit, yoga, youth clubs, book club, education groups, parent and baby groups, art class, zumba, bootcamp and holiday clubs. What could you offer?
We need community groups to come forward to be stakeholders in the pavilion development project so that the building can be renovated to suit your needs. We would like to hold a meeting with interested groups to try to establish a starting point.
Please email email@example.com if you would like to be involved. If possible, please give details such as: Name of group, Activities offered (with possible days and times), Facilities required, Space required. We would love to hear from you.
The Friends of Onchan Park formed in 2016 and aim to look after the park so that those who have enjoyed using it for the past 50 years can continue to use it and it will be there for many future generations. Setting up the Friends Of Onchan Park allows the local community to have a say in how it’s run, raise funding for new equipment and make it a great community influenced facility.
The group also organise events at the park: a Summer Fun Day and Halloween Spooktacular. We are always looking for volunteers to help with these events or with maintenance or activities at the park throughout the year. Please check out Facebook ‘Save Onchan Park’ or follow us on Twitter @OnchanPark. We hold regular, informal meetings at either John’s Church or the Elwes Arms pub, please contact us via the website if you’d like to join either the Committee or the Events group. Our AGM is in June each year.
If you can help out or do something for the group, please let us know and come along to the next meetings- dates are listed on the events page. We have lots of ideas for events, we are in the middle of a couple of projects (wildlife and spring bulbs planting, preparation for the next event, planning to improve the tarmac court and attempts to deter anti-social behaviour) so we need people who can work with us to get these ideas off the ground, helpers to run activities at our events, people who could organise a sporting event on the park.
The last public meeting was on Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 6:30pm at St John’s Church on Oakdale Road. Minutes of the meeting are here.