The Friends Of Onchan Park aim to save 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 ‘Save Onchan Park’ Facebook group was setup in January 2016 after a local resident stumbled upon some notes from a Gedling Borough Council meeting stating that all local parks and playgrounds were considered ‘assets’ and were being considered for sale.
This included Onchan Park.
Now with 1,000+ members there is real support for saving the park which led to the creation of the ‘Friends Of Onchan Park’ group.
To save the park real action was required. A meeting at the local St. John’s Church was arranged and along with the local community was attended by David Wakelin (Corporate Director from GBC), Melvyn Cryer (Service Manager – Parks & Street Care) and local councillors Nicki Brooks and Paul Wilkinson.
It was confirmed that one option being considered for the park was to sell the pavilion, bowling green and football and tennis courts for redevelopment which would most likely be housing. The funding deficit meant money has to be found and the easiest way to achieve this is to sell ‘assets’ like Onchan Park.
The only other viable option would be to form a community group that can apply for funding and work with the council to secure the future of the park and come up with an improvement plan.
Plenty of volunteers put their name forward to help not only save the park but plan for it’s future.
With coverage of the meeting in the Nottingham Post support for the initiative was taking shape and plans for the creation of the ‘Friends Of Onchan Park’ already being discussed.
To be continued