Describe your project
Fishlake Playing Field is the only children’s greenspace located within the village of Fishlake. It contains a run-down play area and football field. Our plans include adding new play equipment, picnic benches and working with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to enhance nature conservation through the creation of wildflower meadow and tree planting. Our intention if successful with this application is to make an initial purchase of a tractor climbing frame.
How will your project benefit your local community?
Fishlake is a small, semi-rural village with a population of c. 700. The neighbourhood is amongst the 40% of most deprived neighbourhoods in the country with low ranking of living environment and education, skills and training. Fishlake School closed in 1991/92 so families with school-aged children have no option but to take children to neighbouring schools so there are low levels of social cohesion and high levels of isolation amongst families. For families, the main meeting places within walking distance are the playing field and village hall. In recent years, the play equipment at Fishlake Playing Field has fallen into disrepair and the majority of equipment has been removed.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Fishlake Playing Field Committee is made up of local residents with the support of the Fishlake Parish Council. The recent reforming of a parent ran playgroup in the village has brought in many new members and brought the committee into public interest. Fishlake is a tight knit community and the Committee is actively supported by several of the local businesses and philanthropists.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Previous consultation showed overwhelming support for improvements with 98% of the village residents supporting the upgrades. Not only will the improvements benefit the majority of village residents, but visiting family and friends; and visitors from neighbouring communities.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
Our initial intention is to purchase a climbing frame tractor. Subject to any subsequent funds raised by community sponsorship or crowdfunding our wish list includes: Zip wire, picnic benches, accessible roundabout, replacement slide and environmental enrichment, such as wild flower meadows, bee/insect houses and tree planting.
When and why was your project founded?
The Committee was formed in 2002 to promote play activities in the village, due to the rising number of children in the community and the lack of facilities. Nearly two decades later, a new generation of parents and children are in need of the committees support.