St John’s Gardens
The Green Fingers Group has successfully applied for funding from the Pocket Parks Grant Scheme. They will work in partnership with Weymouth Town Council to encourage local people to have pride and take care of their local garden whilst helping to break down barriers between older and younger people.
The project will help increase social inclusion, encourage horticulture skillset sharing, improve health and wellbeing, and, by working with local schools, introduce an art area.
For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Siobhán Davis on tel. 01305 269214.
Opening of the Wyke Regis Pump-Track
An exciting, free-to-use pump-track, a first of its kind in the UK, has opened at Wyke Regis Playing Fields. The multi-wheeled sports facility is suitable for the use of bikes, scooters and skateboards.
The pump-track has been installed by Maverick, a company that specializes in the design and creation of spray concrete skate parks. The concrete surface not only provides users with a perfectly smooth ride, but also means it is virtually maintenance free.
The 40 metre pump-track consists of a multitude of twists and bends ensuring suitability for all ages and abilities. The design also enables multiple users to enjoy the track safely at the same time.
The Queen Elizabeth II Celebration Archway Project
An impressive Waves-shaped Arch at the entrance to Greenhill Gardens from the Esplanade was opened on 1 April 2019. The Celebration Arch commissioned by the Friends Group honours our longest reigning Monarch.
The Friends raised £10,000, including donations from Weymouth Rotary £300, Weymouth BID £500, a private donation £100 and Tesco’s £1,000; the remainder has been raised via quizzes and events held in the gardens plus a £6,000 grant from the council.
The Arch has been designed by Tina Walton and constructed by Simon Meiklejohn from Herefordshire.
Improving Pathways at Lodmoor
Parkrun has successfully applied for funding from Leeds Building Society. They have received £2,000 to repair pathways, which will significantly improve the routes for runners as well as visitors to the Country Park.
Revamp of Southill Play Area
A full range of new play equipment has been installed and includes a variety of swings; one of which is an inclusive pod swing, a roundabout, a four seated spring see-saw, a multi-play unit, a climbing perch, a boat springer, a fish springer and two picnic benches. The total cost of the equipment was £51,665.
Drainage work has also been carried out to help alleviate flooding at the bottom of the play area.
New facilities and improvements outlined in the Marsh Masterplan have now been completed. These include a brand new multi-use games area, new seating, the removal of the derelict running track, installation of a drop kerb and a new play area and fencing. The total cost of the project is £185,000.
The play area is suitable for children aged between 3-12 years and includes a climbing hut, a seesaw, a trampoline, a combination swing, as well as many pieces of equipment suitable for children with disabilities.
The new seating includes three benches located near to the football pitches. The new drop kerb is located on Emmerdale Close and will provide easier access for wheelchair users, mobility scooters and pushchairs.
The friends group were involved in the planning of the Marsh Masterplan which included the installation of a new multi-use games area, play area, fencing, seating and drop kerb. These new facilities opened in September 2018.