The Chantry Meadow Play Area Community Project is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when local residents take action. Over the past few months, Kirsty, an Alphington resident, has been working alongside myself, Exeter City Council, local councillors and local businesses to take action to improve the local play area at Chantry Meadow Play Area.
You can follow the progress on the Chantry Meadow Play Area Community Project Facebook Page.
Kirsty started a successful community Facebook fundraiser which has raised over £750. Thank you to everyone who donated.
We were able to successfully apply for a grant from the Norman Family Trust and the Local Alphington Councillors supported the project with a ward grant.
Through the generosity of local business, Brewers (Alphington, who have donated all the paint and equipment, this has enabled all the fundraising to stretch a little further and will fund an additional piece of equipment for the park.
The council have finished the cleaning, repaint and repair of the existing equipment. They have installed safety flooring around the items and the beloved motorbike rocker has been fixed and returned.
The Park also has a brilliant new mud kitchen!
UPDATE – 29th July:
Sadly the community paint day that had been planned was rained off again as the weather was very poor. However, a small group of volunteers and their small people turned up on the day to sand the railings in preparation. Since then, we have been popping up at the park during periods of dry weather to paint the railings and we are starting to make good progress with painting along the front of the park.
We are now waiting for the final piece of new equipment to be delivered and installed. Hopefully, this will be in the next couple of weeks. We also need the council to cut back some of the overgrown surrounding areas so we can reach the railings on the side and the back of the park.
It has been brilliant to see what has already been achieved thanks to local residents, and their enthusiasm and dedication. We can’t wait to see the finished play area!
Claire Porter (Alphington CB)