Glendinning Play for All will provide much needed playground equipment within the Glendinning community of Galashiels. The children in the Glendinning area do not have access to any open space apart from the school playground, so the project will take place within the grounds of Glendinning Terrace Primary School.
Even EU guidelines state that children should not live further than 400m from a play area in built up areas. Currently the nearest play park is a small one in a private housing development, over a mile away from many of the children's homes. The journey involves either walking on rough paths through woodland or walking along busy roads, including the A7 trunk road.
There are two large play parks in Galashiels but to access these, children must cross the A7 and there are no controlled crossings to enable this.
To provide everyday access to play equipment for our children would be wonderful. Not only will it increase levels of physical activity but it will also have a positive impact on learning.
Glendinning Terrace Primary School is situated on a residential street in Galashiels. We currently have 64 families attending the school being 75 pupils on the school roll and a further 17 attending our nursery.
The school playground is the only viable site for play provision as it already has disabled access and is therefore easily entered by all of the Community.
The school gates are currently left open after school hours but play equipment is limited – a large tractor tyre, climbing holds on the wall and a 2 metre-long wooden train to sit on. The playground has some markings for pavement games and there is an area of Astroturf (approx. 20 metres by 8 metres) at the rear of the school.
As the playground is small and space is limited, we would focus on outdoor sensory/ musical equipment alongside equipment for improving balance and co-ordination. This range of equipment will aim to reach the needs of all children in the community, including those with additional needs.
If our project is successful, we will liaise with the school and local council to arrange installation of equipment during the school holidays in 2019.
To ensure its success, we will involve the community (parent council, teachers, parents and most importantly children) when finalising suitable playground equipment for the project.
Once this consultation has taken place, final plans will be drawn up for the project and displayed in the school for the community to view them.
We anticipate that successful delivery of this project will encourage future collaboration within the community.
Any extra funds raised from our Crowdfunder campaign will be put towards computing equipment and books for the school.