After 4 long years of community support, consultations, events and funding applications the Friends of Onchan Park have finally succeeded in securing funds to begin the first phase of transformation on Onchan Park also known as Oakdale Road Recreation Ground. From the early days of saving the park from being sold for building development, the friends group and the local community have worked to raise funds to create a space to meet the communities’ needs.
“This is wonderful news,” Chair of the friends group Alison Pritchard commented, “It has truly been a full community effort with support from primary and secondary schools, playgroups, local and county councillors, local businesses and the community all supporting the project with funding and involvement in events.”
The recent funding will provide a multi-use games area on the disused court space, two table tennis tables and disabled access for all. FCC Environment have approved funding of £74,450 towards the project with Gedling Borough Council providing a further £8,003 towards the funds raised by the community to make it happen. Once finished, there are plans to run cricket, table tennis, basketball and keep fit sessions.
Work on the park is planned to begin in December 2020 with the official opening expected in early spring of next year.
Thank you to all the supporters of Onchan Park, without whom none of this would have been possible.