Reawla Play Park is owned and maintained by Cornwall Council (CC), unfortunately in recent years Cornwall Council has struggled to maintain the park although it is very well looked after by the local community. There is no graffiti on the walls or equipment, there is little sign of littering even though there are no litter bins within the park and the available play equipment is well used and respected.
In recent months some items of equipment have been fenced off due to there being little or no money available from Cornwall Council to keep up the maintenance on the aging equipment, with some key pieces such as the skate ramp being taken away completely due to health and safety issues.
Cornwall Cllr Ray Tovey approached the Pentye Residents Association (PTRA) late last year, to ask them if they would be willing to help raise some money towards refurbishing equipment within the park and together they applied for a grant from Awards for All. PTRA was successful in gaining a grant of almost £10,000 but the money had to be spent on improving the park with new equipment not refurbishing the old.
Working together the PTRA and CC installed a basket swing within the park, this was paid for with the majority of the Awards for All grant money.
PTRA approached Gwinear-Gwithian Parish Council (GGPC) for help when the news of Cllr Tovey’s illness broke and GGPC were more than happy to step in and ensure the project went ahead.
Part of the grant PTRA received could be spent on a consultation day at the park and that went ahead on Sunday 8th July.
The idea of the event on was to find out what local children and adults living within Reawla wanted to see in their park in the future. We contracted two local landscape architects, who have experience of organising such consultation events as this to carry out the works on the day. They ran the two children’s workshops inside a 16 foot yurt which was donated free of charge for the day by local company Meadow Yurts. The workshops were very well attended with 18 children in the morning session and 9 children in the afternoon session. The adults were asked to fill out a questionnaire about what they liked and disliked about the park and how they wanted the area to change.
We also had some lovely fresh strawberries and cakes kindly donated by Trevaskis Farm for the children to enjoy once the workshops had finished.
In between the workshops the kids were entertained with music, a bouncy castle and lots of outdoor games such as giant snakes and ladders.
The landscape architects will now put together a report and master plan from the evidence gathered on the day and this will be used to help us gain more grants to improve the park in the future.
PTRA and GGPC are very grateful to all the volunteers and local businesses that supported us on the day and to Ray Tovey for coming along as our VIP.
More photos of the day to follow!!