We are pleased to invite you all to the official opening of the new Children’s Cycle Track, Oak Avenue and Outdoor Gym on Sunday 27th November at 12:30.
The new facilities will be opened by The Lord Mayor (Cllr Dr Sylvia Dunkley) and with a special guest appearance by Sid Sloane from CBEEBIES who is taking time out from his panto rehearsals to join us.
This area of the park, for so long a bare, unsightly and unused patch of crumbling tarmac where the old playground once stood, has been transformed, in partnership with Sheffield City Council, into an exciting and vibrant exercise and recreation area for young and old alike.
Consultation with skate park users, other park users, schools and youth groups highlighted a need for these amenities and at the same time the opportunity was taken to fell the row of poplar trees which had been declared unsafe, and replace them with an avenue of English oaks.
The scheme was instigated and funded by the Friends of Millhouses Park.
Many thanks are due to all our sponsors, particularly the Big Lottery Changing Spaces Community Spaces fund and the South West Community Assembly, to the Parks and Countryside staff, Community Forestry Officers, and to the numerous Friends of Millhouses Park who have worked so hard on this project.
Two years ago, when we set about our Old Playground Regenerations Scheme, we planned to install a new Family Gym. This was opened as the summer holidays set in and there has not been a day or time that we have visited the park where the gym has not been in use – so much so that adults complained about not being able to get on for the children and young teenagers!
Now that the schools have gone back, and the park is a little less crowded, it was good to see the gym being used seriously by the whole range of people we were aiming to attract. This set of pictures demonstrates this admirably. Late September Sunshine and the park at its best!
Very soon the next phase of the redevelopment will be the felling of the life expired tall line of Poplars, which we are paying for as well as a replacement new avenue of English Oak on the adjacent footpath. Once this is done then a new kiddies undulating roadway will be built, on the old playground site, which, together with new posts, signs etc. will complete a £50k spend of monies raised by us and delivered by Sheffield City Council.
What a difference there is!
Millhouses Park’s new Outdoor Gym is open for business – why not get down there and see for yourself! This has been made possible by funds raised by The Friends of Millhouses Park.
Friends of Millhouses Park has an article published in the Easter 2010 issue of Trio magazine.
We’ have updated the local community on the latest issues including the fish pass, the SPLASH project, the sensory garden, the skate park the outdoor gym, the corn mill project and recent problems in the park.
Download the article (PDF, 457KB)