Dear Supporters and Friends of Onchan Park
As the year draws to a close we wanted to keep you up to date with what’s been happening in 2019.
We haven’t held an event this year for two reasons;
1 – The green has been in such a poor state that it hasn’t been usable due to the holes in the ground.
2 – We haven’t had the time to organise events as we have been working very hard on finalising bids and applications for the MUGA; Table Tennis and disabled access and with trying to get match funding for bids approved by Gedling Borough Council.
The good news is that GBC seem to have had a change of heart towards Onchan Park in the last month.
GBC agreed to fund close to £5,000 to match with £70,000 that we are hoping to raise through funding applications with Sport England and FCC (formerly funding provided by waste recycling scheme).
We also tried for months to get council approval and support to resurface the old bowling green. In the last month they have agreed to support us and offered £6,492 to support our application for a further £25,000 funding from the ‘Pocket Parks’ government fund.
The refurbishment of the green will include removing the conifers between the grassed area on Onchan Avenue side of the park and the bowling green, raising the level of the old bowling green to join the 2 areas together, creating one large green space for general play, 5-a-side, ball games etc and for event and community space for the future. Mature trees will be planted to make up for removing the conifers.
We have, this week, finally submitted all our bids and will await news in the New Year.
This leaves us to work on getting funding for refurbishment of the play equipment in 2020, and finally, the following year we will address the issue of what the community wants for the pavilion.
Thank you for your continued support for Onchan Park. We look forward to having celebratory events on the park in 2020.
If anyone would like to join our committee and have an active role in supporting the development of Onchan Park, please get in touch. We are always open to welcoming new committee members.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Alison, Maria, Terry, Pia, Valeria and Sheelagh (Friends of Onchan Park)