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Pavilion Development Opportunity

Opportunity to develop Onchan Park Pavilion and Greenspace for your community group

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.

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The space…

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.

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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.

We need you!

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 respond in the comments or email parkonchan@gmail.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.

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Accessible path to tennis court planned

Turn up and play tennis for free at Onchan Park: fully accessible path planned.

There is a full-size, free tennis court at Onchan Park. There is no need to book, it is open all day and the net will stay up all year round. Gedling Borough Council replaced the net and posts in February 2017 after our survey showed a need for this facility. The net has been in place for two summers now and is well used.
If you wish, you can donate to Friends of Onchan Park via PayPal, sending a message that the donation is for the tennis facility. In no way do we expect donations to use the tennis court, however people have asked for a way to donate. Here is the link to donate: Donate to Friends of Onchan Park.
A fully accessible path from a new pedestrian gate near the vehicle access gate will be installed with the MUGA project. More details on this exciting development soon. At the moment the court is not accessible with a wheelchair and pushchair access is difficult as there are steps to navigate.
Have a quick look at the news from Feb 2017 which has details about buses and parking for Onchan Park: How to get to Onchan Park.
Have you played tennis during the long hot summer of 2018? Let us know in the comments.

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