What’s happening with the NEW Manor Park playground? Is it still going ahead?
You may recall, we launched a crowdfund campaign in February to help pay for the new playground in Manor Park. Kingston Council had allocated a budget of £140,000, and we had planned to help raise an additional £60,000 to help pay for a play space the community could be proud of. We had amazing support from the local community, with just under £10,000 pledged.
The plan was to raise a proportion of the £60,000 locally from residents and businesses, with the Mayor of London coming in with a substantial contribution. Sadly, the campaign failed to hit target as we were not selected by the Mayor as a campaign to support. It was all or nothing. We had felt it was worth taking a risk to try to unlock the extra substantial GLA funds.
However, all is not lost - Kingston Council has confirmed that they will still allocate us £140,000, which is amazing as we feared it might be put towards their Covid response.
We are now refining the original plan – still with 2 play spaces – for younger and older children – but working more creatively with a smaller budget. Our aim is to free as much of the new budget for play equipment, by finding innovative ways to deliver the non-play equipment e.g. benches, picnic tables, trees, and general landscaping.
Can you still help?
A big yes! Some of you backed the crowdfund campaign in the spring, you agreed to make your contribution only if the campaign hit target. As it did not, the direct debit payment you set up has been cancelled. But as we still want to deliver a playground, hopefully this year, we’d like to ask you to re-make your contribution to a new crowdfund campaign, which we’re running until the end of July. Every penny pledged will go towards the new playground……
It would be great if you could make the same pledge again, but we totally understand if your circumstances have changed. There’s no pressure
If you are new to our campaign or didn't get around to pledging last time, please do so now- every penny counts.
Thank you so much for your support thus far, watch this space - it IS going to happen!