Green light for playing fields transformation
Beesmoor Road Playing fields Fields in Frampton Cotterell, is set to look a lot different in 12 month’s time, after work to rip up the ageing play equipment and replace it with state of the art facilities got the go ahead.
The work, costing over £100,000, is set to start in the next few weeks and be completed by summer next year. It’s the culmination of four years of fundraising by the volunteers who run the popular park in Frampton Cotterell.
Three phases of work are due to get underway. The first phase will see a tree house being built by the trees in the play area. The second phase will concentrate on swings and a balance beam and the third phase will see the construction of a network of play logs.
£60,000 of the money has come from grants, £42,000 from a parish council grant and £4,000 from events held by the volunteers, including the popular summer picnic and dog show.
A fourth phase, which is aimed at pre-schoolers and will include a small tunnel and a scrambling mound, still needs £50,000 of funding to be found.
The work is being completed by Touchwood, a specialist company. They held a workshop to get local people’s views and children at local schools have also been asked for their opinions on the work. The work also fits in with the aims of the parish council’s play strategy which was drafted in 2014.
Touchwood is a Bristol firm and they have installed equipment at Page Park in Staple Hill and the Witches Hat play area in Yate.
The fundraising effort has been led by Kate Colechin, a local resident and one of the trustees on the Beesmoor Road Playing Field Committee. She said: “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s great to see that it’s actually going to happen. It’s definitely going to be worth it. It’s going to be a lot more creative, hopefully people will stay longer at the park; there’s more things to do. There’s going to be equipment for little ones as well as the older ones. Hopefully there will be something for everyone.”
In a separate development, solar panels are going to be fitted on the roof of the club house after separate grants were secured.
The playing field was donated to the village in the 1940’s and is held in trust. It is run by volunteers and the management committee is responsible for the up keep of the park and pavilion and raising funds to cover costs.