To fund the establishment of a table tennis area on the Oakdale Road Recreation Ground known locally as Onchan Park. We are looking to provide two table tennis tables and a secure base. Having the use of a table tennis area will encourage the children to use the park more often and the Friends of Group would like to encourage more children to take up this sport.
The Friends of Onchan Park recently secured the future of the park for the needs of the community. Following our summer fun day the community voted for a MUGA and table tennis area as a priority. In its present state the park is distinctly lacking in sporting facilities and equipment .
Table tennis is a really popular sport in our local community. Children enjoy clubs at both primary and secondary schools in the area and would love to be able to play in out of school hours. Friends of Onchan Park hope be able to provide this much needed table tennis facility for the community as the first step in creating a lasting legacy for the community.
A table tennis area on the old turning circle would regenerate a forgotten corner of Onchan Park. This spot is the most sheltered patch of the park so hopefully the wind won’t interfere with the games too much. The Friends of Onchan Park would be able to supply some ping pong bats and balls. The park is open and unlocked all day, so the community would be able to access the table tennis area at any time.
According to the PingEngland website, the nearest outdoor table tennis facility is at the National Ice Arena, 2.2 miles away from Onchan Park. Have a look at this map, which shows the table tennis areas across Nottingham which were funded by Ping! There is a huge gap in the urban area of Nottingham in the east showing a lack of facilities for a large part of the Nottingham district. Having an outdoor table tennis area with 2 tables and a supply of bats and balls would allow a large population to access this inclusive and enjoyable sport.
23,000 people live within a 30 minute walk of Onchan Park. That’s 4300 people under 16 who would benefit from increased physical activity and 3600 people over 65 who would benefit from the social aspects of meeting people and playing table tennis.
(Data from Gedling BC data insights and NCC ward boundary maps.)
The old turning circle is 12m x 12m and the ground will need levelling before the tables are installed. A table tennis table is 2.75m x 1.5m and needs a playing space of 8.5m x 4m. Two tables can be accommodated in a space 10m x 8m.
This project is about more than just a table tennis table. It’s about groundworks and installation of 2 outdoor table tennis tables on unused land, provision of associated equipment, free to use and available 24/7.
Local schools have been quick to support our table tennis project. Children at Parkdale, Sacred Heart, Carlton Central, Nottingham Academy and Carlton Le Willows would all benefit from a table tennis area at Onchan Park. These children helped to save the pavilion and the park with their colourful artwork on the pavilion. Now it is time for the adults to help develop the facilities on the park to create a space worth visiting.
Register and vote here- https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-2647