Your chance to help transform Fishponds Park

July 11 2016

A NEWLY-formed group is hoping to breathe new life into Fishponds Park - but they need your help.


A NEWLY-formed group is hoping to breathe new life into Fishponds Park - but they need your help.

The Friends of Fishponds Park is planning to update the park’s play area which is old, out-dated and looking the worse for wear.

The group, which is made up of residents, will also look at other areas of the green space which could be improved, although the priority at the moment is play equipment.

They are asking park users and residents to take part in a survey so they can have their say on what they would like to see in the park.

Friends secretary Steve Smith said: “My grandson is now playing on some of the same swings and play equipment that my children played on. 

“It’s a lovely place but the play equipment needs improving. There are other aspects of the park which also need improving but play equipment is a priority. The park has always been very important to me, as it has been for a lot of people in the community. It’s a special place right in the heart of Fishponds.”

Mr Smith, who is also a member of Fishponds Planning Group, said there is a budget set aside for work so it was really important people living in the area come forward.

“There’s money which has been made available from the Neighbourhood Partnership so we want to get the public’s views on how we can improve the park. At the moment it’s about £19,000 which could get matched or bettered by the council’s parks department. The council wants to make sure local people are consulted and involved in the planning so that local decision making plays a part.

“We want to raise awareness and get people’s ideas on what they want the park to be for themselves, their children and their dogs!

“Anyone taking part in the survey will help create the type of play facilities that will be installed.”

Georgie Bryant, neighbourhood officer for Hillfields, Eastville and Fromevale, said: “The group of residents only came together at the beginning of the year. They are now a constituted group who are working hard to make Fishponds Park a place for everyone to enjoy, with community ownership being at the heart of the ambition. This is a fantastic group of residents who have achieved so much already.”

As well as analysing responses to the survey, the Friends will also be approaching people in the park and around the general Fishponds area in a bid to get as many opinions as possible.

One of the committee members is also going into local schools to talk to pupils about what boys and girls would like to see in the park.

If you would like to voice your opinions you can complete the survey on this page and drop responses to the Kingfisher Cafe in Straits Parade.

Alternatively you can have your say by getting touch via the Friends’ Facebook page.