As you may already be aware I’m very keen to have a whacking great, fabulously equipped play area in Preston. Similar to Withy Grove but for us city siders, well our kids. A place for children of all ages, from tiny tots to teens, with facilities for able bodied and disabled children to play.
A few play areas I can think of are in desperate need of a revamp so I made it along to a ‘Friends of…’ group as promised, just to see how I can help. I plumped for the ‘Friends Of Moor Park as it’s one of the parks within easy reach and the play area is well used and, in my opinion, in dire need of attention.
The ‘Friends of Moor Park’ meetings are held at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month in the park rangers pavillion. Sadly there were only two people in attendance so not much could be discussed. I believe this particular ‘Friends Of’ group is in transition as the previous park ranger has moved on but there has previously been a number of people attending. I understand that a couple of years ago when there was consultation about the play area lots of people from the local area were keen to give their opinions and viewpoints on how it should look. I believe that the interest is still there. I have met so many people at various playgrounds around Preston who want good facilities for their kids. As a nation we’re supposed to be tackling national obesity, surely giving our kids inspiring places to play should be part of that strategy. I believe something really good and positive can be done in the city.
So…I hope to drum up more interest. If you live near Moor Park, if you use the play area there or if you would if there was a better play area on offer please come along to the next meeting. Perhaps you’ve absolutely no interest in the play area but like walking your dog on the park and would like to see the drainage sorted out. Or you just want more information. The next meeting is Thursday 1st April, 7pm the Park Rangers Pavillion.