Ashley Park Play Equipment - CIL Fund Bid - Success!
The new play equipment at Ashley Park has now been installed, inspected, and is open for use! We invite you to watch our short video on the right, explaining how this great initiative came about and thanking the local collaboration of contributors - Elmbridge Borough Council, Walton Charity and the Walton BID, who were vital in helping WoTTA be successful in completing this amazing this town centre project.
Our research into the project showed that swings are No 1 favourite in a park. We have lots of swings, including a tandem swing and a bird's nest swing, both super popular. There's a jungle climber - designed to replicate tree climbing, a play tower for younger children and an activity trail for children up to 15.
We've included three new bench and table sets and some new bins. Images below show local children in action on the equipment! Please come on down and enjoy it too. The park's just behind the old Homebase site, perfect for a stop off after a visit to the town's shops and restaurants.
WoTTA was successful in its application for funding from the EBC Community Infrastructure Levy to pay for a collection of natural wood play equipment in Ashley Park, our town centre park. We're hoping this will encourage residents into the town as there will be healthy, outdoor activity in an attractive environment for families to enjoy..
The grant of £47,000 will enable us to install:
Until the EBC contract for parks maintenance and insurance comes up for renewal in a few years, we also had to find the funds to cover these costs. In July 2020, Walton Charity confirmed its support to fund the first year of these costs, which was fabulous news! Moving forward we are confident the new BID board will support this gap in funding. With all the funding pieces in place, WoTTA is now working to acquire the equipment at the best price and plan installation for later in 2020. We hope this will be a great addition to the centre of town, allowing families to shop and play while they visit, but will also encourage a bout of fresh air and exercise to all those families living nearby.
We plan to make further applications in coming years. With success in Phase 1, we hope to divide our dream into a number of phases:
Images of layout and equipment: