Arne Crescent Play Area
NEW 30th January 2020
This project represents the first steps towards the development and creation of a new community hub in Bourne, Alderney, with exciting works due to start on Monday 3rd February on the relocation and installation of a new play area!
Work is expected to last around 5 weeks, with the play area opening early spring.
The current play area next to Bourne Valley Youth Centre has reached its end-of-use, and children’s play is being relocated as part of a wider scheme that is considering the creation of a new community centre. The new play area will be situated on the green space between Arne Avenue and Arne Crescent (just opposite the existing much smaller facility), and will be called Arne Crescent Play Area. Equipment will include toddler and junior swings, a 12 metre zipwire, a slalom rope walk and inclusive play panels (see the detailed designs below).
Above: an overview of the new play area design, showing all the play equipment to be installed (seen top right is the existing play area next to Bourne Valley Community Centre, which will be removed)
Above: play equipment & features suitable for older children & teens
Above: play equipment & features suitable for young children
Project development & funding 2019
During spring 2019, a team from the Bourne Community Group, Poole Communities Trust (PCT) and BCP Council met with local children and young people, parents, carers and grandparents at various locations around Bourne to undertake engagement and consultation on the play activities and equipment people would like to see locally. This formed the basis of a grant application made by the Poole Communities Trust (PCT) to the Veolia Environment Trust, who support local community and environmental projects across England through the Landfill Communities Fund, using money provided by Veolia.
The PCT secured £73,000 funding from the Veolia Environmental Trust and provided their own contribution of £7,300, with an additional £5,850 coming from the Section 106 developers’ contributions to bring this project to life.
Kerry Manning, Chair of the Bourne Community Group, said “It’s wonderful to see that all the ideas children and young people had for the new play area are going to happen. Not only will this be a fun new facility for local children and young people but it is a great example of how getting involved in your local community can make a huge difference.”
Chris Beale, Chair of Poole Communities Trust said “We are very grateful to the Veolia Environment Trust for the £73,000 grant. This is a wonderful step to improve facilities in Bourne and after much planning with the community and fundraising, our wider ambitions for the Community Hub are in touching distance”
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