*News: our playground is now open! We have had to isolate an area to protect the new turf but most equipment is available.
Playground Appeal - success!
We are excited to announce that we have now reached our fundraising target for a brand new playground at Milton Country Park! This playground is only possible thanks to the generous donations and support from our visitors, local businesses and key funding awards (see side column for a full list of our supporters).
The playgrounds at Milton Country Park have been much loved and well-used for many years. Our equipment was installed in 1999 and is now at the end of its useable life. The park has a thriving and growing community and outdoor play is a key element to what makes the park such a great resource.
It's fantastic that we are now able to add a playground which better reflects our beautiful park setting and provides a stimulating, exciting place for children to enjoy playing, learning and physical activity.
We aim to have this new playground open in June 2018 and will keep you updated here and on our social media.
This project plan (see below) was one which we felt was an achievable target. There is still much more we can add; for example extra play pieces, seating and landscaping and planting. Fundraising therefore shall continue until our work is complete. The more we can raise the better our playground can be!
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us with this project. It couldn't happen without you and we are looking forward to creating something really special which families can enjoy for many years to come.
Goal for March 2018
Amount raised so far...
and a huge thank you to...
Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust: £10,000
Amey Community Fund: £40,000
Tesco Bags of Help: £5,000
Milton Country Park Autumn Festival: £4,000
One Step Beyond Events: £1,000
3 Dimensions Ltd: £1,000
Cambridge Classics: £250
Redgate Software: £500
Tesco Milton: £500
Trinity College: £500
Elite Swimming Academy: £500
Cambridge Building Society: £100
SCDC Community Chest Funding: £898.18
Friends of MCP: £1360.25
Cambridge Parkrun (17.02.2018): £92.50
Z Tech: £2,000
Individual donations: £2279.88
New Playground design
Our playground design was created following several consultations with visitors and local school children so that we could be sure we were creating something people really wanted, as well as suiting the needs of the park.
The new play design incorporates priorities highlighted in our research including...
- A natural design in keeping with the park setting
- A place where all ages can play together
- A zip-wire!
- More swings
- Encourages independent play
- Something for all abilities
The children were so keen on having a zip-wire we've added a double zip-wire to the design so that they can play with their friends!
The design has been broken down into three phases. How much we can do is entirely dependent on how much we can raise. This design can be added to with more play equipment, landscaping, planting and seating. As our funds grow so can our ideas!!
New playgrounds are expensive and go far beyond the maintenance budget of the park. Milton Country Park is managed by registered charity, Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust and receives no external funding. The park costs hundreds of pounds every day to remain open and large scale improvements such as this are only possible through fundraising.
We have identified several local funding opportunities but there is no guarantee of success and even if successful they will still not fully cover costs. We are therefore asking for your help. If you enjoying visiting Milton Country Park, if your children love playing in the park, and if you would like them to enjoy more exciting, challenging play, then please help by giving a donation!
You can donate using the button above which will take you to our BT MyDonate page or you can text MCPK01 £5 or £10 to 70070
We are very grateful for all contributions, however big or small!
This year £1 from every Autumn Festival ticket sold will go directly towards our playground appeal.
We welcome support from local business and fundraisers. If you have an idea for raising money we'd love to work with you! If you are a local business keen to support community projects then please do get in touch!
Sign our petition!
Fundraising isn't just about raising money, it's about gathering and evidencing local support. If you would like to see our project go ahead then please add your name and any comments to the petition below. We will not share your details with anyone except possible funders.