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Friends of Kingsdown Play Park

Fund applied for: £5,000

Location: Kent

2572 votes so far

Project description

Kingsdown is a rural village community near Deal in Kent with approximately 300 children age 0 – 17 years. The local primary school has over 200 children on roll, many of whom travel to the school from outside of the Parish. The Kingsdown Play Park project aims to purchase and install new play park equipment to provide a safe, exciting and stimulating environment for those in the local area to utilise. Our aim is to provide somewhere for children to be active outdoors, encouraging a more physically and mentally healthy lifestyle through active play. Outside, active play is well understood to have important benefits in terms of health, social skills and the building of community links. Based on the success of other local play park refurbishments, it is anticipated that the park will be used by approximately 400 children per year.
Families, community groups, schools and specific children's care institutions within Kingsdown currently have no fit for purpose play facilities and must get in a car to access basic community play. The purpose of the Kingsdown Play Park project is to provide a park of which the community can be proud, and can use to access healthy, outdoor exercise as well as the opportunity to socialise with other members of the community. The park redevelopment will not only bring enjoyment, but also the health benefits of outdoor and interactive social play, the environmental benefits of not having to get in a car to an alternative communal play area and the community cohesion benefits of being able to play together with local friends.
Following the success of the an earlier project to provide equipment for younger children within the community, the Kingsdown Play Park Project aims to purchase and install a zip wire for older children to enjoy. Whilst the project has benefitted from an incredible amount of community support through numerous fundraising events, funding from the Calor Gas Rural Community Fund will allow for the completion of the zip wire project allowing the park to be enjoyed by children of all ages.
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