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Dedication of Grange Park as a Centenary Field!

More information coming soon, but this year's eagerly awaited Easter Eggstravaganza will follow a short ceremony starting at 10.45 a.m. at the War Memorial to dedicate Grange Park as a Centenary Field, in commemoration of all those who lost their lives fighting for our country in World War I.  This is the culmination of a several years' hard campaigning by the Friends of Grange Park and supported by our local councillors under this initiative led by Fields in Trust, which will mean that Grange Park will forever be preserved for recreation in our community, and CANNOT BE BUILT ON.  Grange Park is the only park to be dedicated under this initiative by Croydon Council, and we are grateful for their support in safeguarding this treasured area of green space.  We hope you can join us for this short event, and celebrate the Friends' efforts.

Happy New Year

A happy new year to all who have supported the Friends of Grange Park's efforts over the last two years.  2016 was a phenomenal year for Grange Park with the installation of a brand new, state of the art playground for the community of Old Coulsdon.  Thank you to everyone who helped us to achieve this milestone by attending our events or even sponsoring a piece of equipment in the new playground!  Every one of your actions counted towards the success of our new playground.

Before the trustees knuckle down to consider the next phase of improvements to the park, a date for your diaries- the Easter Eggstravaganza is back by popular demand for the third year running and will take place on Saturday April 15th 2017.  More details coming soon, but we hope to see you there.

Take our survey on the new playground and let us know your priorities for future improvements

Please take a minute to let us know your thoughts on the new playground and any future improvements you would like to see to Grange Park.  Our funders want to know what the community think of our new playground (and therefore how successful the Friends' have been in delivering this project).  Also, we want to know about your priorities for the future of Grange Park so that we know how to invest any further income from our fundraising efforts.

When rating the new playground, please bear in mind that you are rating how good the facilities are for children aged under 12 (the age range for the new playground), and please have in mind the playground we had before:

Spirits high at the opening event for the new playground!

We weren't blessed with the greatest of weather for our opening event, but it was a remarkable success with hundreds of members of the community including many of our sponsors braving the wet and wind to celebrate our achievement.  We hosted a hospitality tent for our sponsors, and at 12.30 p.m. Chris Wright (Chairman) and Hannah Price-Harries (Vice-Chairman) gave speeches before local children released balloons into the sky to mark the official opening of the new playground.  A tremendous day for the community of Old Coulsdon!

Our beautiful sensory garden in the playground

The Friends with a little help from some children in the playground helped to plant up the sensory garden in the playground yesterday.  The planting scheme incorporates specimens including lavender, lemon balm, lemon thyme, curry plant and rosemary, all of which are fragrant, interesting to look at and tasty.  We hope that this area of the playground provides rest and relaxation for children and adults in the playground seeking some quiet time.  The trustees would like to thank Crossways Nursery for their donation of compost, bark and bedding plants for the playground, and Woodcote Nursery for their donation of lavender plants.

Details of our launch party!

We are super excited about the official launch of our new playground on Saturday 10 September 2016 at 12.30 p.m.  We do hope you can join us to celebrate this huge community success.  Our event coincides with the Old Coulsdon Village Fair which takes place on the same day from 12 to 4.30 p.m.