There is a new tennis net on the tennis court at Onchan Park! Tennis was a popular activity as recorded in our survey from last year, and now the council have replaced the posts and net. Onchan Park is the local name for Oakdale Road Recreation Ground, the park and tennis court are open all day, every day for the public to play on this hard outdoor surface.
Nottingham City Transport will fund materials for our pavilion art project!
Here are the photos from the Halloween Spooktacular Event 2016
To all the Onchan Park Friends and Supporters
Fantastic news, Cllr John Clarke emailed a letter this afternoon stating that “The whole park’s future is secure and none of the land will be developed for housing.” He also comments that he “hopes we can work together to improve the facilities”
A huge thankyou goes out to all of you who have attended meetings; voiced your concerns; completed our survey; signed our petition; come along to our events; entered our mural competition; or supported the park in any way as it is the efforts of all in our community that have enabled us to ‘save Onchan Park’.
Watch this space, as the work has only just begun. We shall be liaising with the council to provide the facilities and create the park that the community wants. It will take time as we shall have to bid for a great deal of funding. However, we shall keep you informed of the developments and ensure that your views will be taken into account when deciding the kind of park our community wants to create.
Thanks to you all,
Alison Pritchard on behalf of Friends of Onchan Park
Come to Onchan Park on Sunday 30th October between 5-7pm for a Spooktacular with traditional Halloween games, a scary walk through the park and a fancy dress competition. Food and refreshments will be available.
Winner of the mural competition:
Our mural competition was judged by local Councillors Paul Wilkinson and Nicki Brooks and the winner was announced at our event on 18th September. We know lots of people are interested in the result, especially the local schoolchildren, so we’d like to share the winning design here.
Heather Cully, from Carlton Central Junior school, produced the winning entry in our mural competition. It’s a bold, bright and beautiful design from a really talented young artist. She received her certificate from Sally in Awards assembly in October.
All the designs were pinned up on the fence at the Judging Event.
There will be more details to follow and we will share the runners up and the designs to cover up the boarded up windows in the coming days.
“The Communities and Local Government Committee launches an inquiry into public parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.” See the parliament website for more details.
Here is the written evidence submitted by Alison Pritchard on behalf of the Friends of Onchan Park group, Carlton, Nottingham.
Our online petition with change.org will be closing soon as we need to present it to Gedling Borough Council.
Update: Our petition is closed now (2017)
As well as strong public support on Facebook, for our online survey (now closed) and petition, several community leaders are supporting our campaign to save Onchan Park.