A great article on the grand opening of our zip wire in today’s Sheffield Star!
Image from Sheffield Star (see hyperlink above for article)
The grand opening of the Millhouses Park Zip Wire was on 5th November. Now children visiting the park have a huge variety of play equipment on the site of the old Lido!
As will all our official openings, the heavens opened and it poured! Did it put us off? No, never and we all enjoyed an hour with a lot of laughs. Our Lord Mayor zipping off down the wire was sporting to say the least … but that is the Sylvia we all know and the Sylvia who has done so much for our Park.
These are just a few pictures taken on the day in dreadful conditions so the quality is not of the best. More will be available from the Star who sent a photographer and reporter to cover the story. These will be loaded up to the website as soon as practical and issued round the whole group. Anyone wanting higher quality pictures please do ask.
Thanks to everyone who turned up, the Pudding Ladies for a lovely spread afterwards, particularly to Kate who found the funds and drove the project through and our partnership working through Miriam (SCC) who delivered the goods.
Saturday 5th November, 10:30
The official opening of the new Zip Wire in the playground! The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield (Cllr Sylvia Dunkley) will be there to cut the ribbon on this latest development which sees the completion of the enclosed, dog free playground area standing on the rubble of the old Lido!
Click here for the invite PDF: Invitation to Zip Wire opening 2
Our new Zip Wire, conceived and funded by FoMP and delivered by Sheffield City Council, has opened for play this week.
Apart from the fun part of having a Zip Wire one of the things we wanted to see is the co-operation of children waiting their turn and bring back the button for the next person to take their turn.
Today, whilst walking round in the late summer sunshine these shots were captured of just these things happening. Success and congratulations to everyone involved!
Live Willow Tunnels & Dens along with the planting of Ginkgo, pollution absorbing “Dinosaur” trees!
Click the link below for the report…
Community Partnership Report
On February 21st and 22nd, the Friends of Millhouses Park will be running a two-day event to create a new play feature on the grass area adjacent to the Splash Park. Together with local volunteers, including people of all ages, we will be planting and weaving a network of living willow play dens and tunnels.
Living willow structures are currently growing in popularity throughout the world in children’s play areas, schools, gardens and parks. They are simple and fun to plant and build (weave) and offer people of all ages a chance to work creatively with natural living materials. After planting the willow will continue to grow, producing leaves and new shoots that can be woven back into the structure. The ‘living’ nature of the dens and tunnels offer an attractive and exciting natural variation on traditional non-living play equipment that has a real appeal for children and adults.
The Planting and weaving of the structures will take place during a school half term in February 2010, which is the best time for planting willow. With support from a willow expert with experience in teaching people of all ages how to plant and weave willow into different shapes volunteers will be able to make the most of this as a learning experience.
If you would like to participate in the event or are just curious to find out more please contact Tom Tay (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A living willow play feature consisting of three willow domes (approx. 2 metres tall x 2m diameter) with two willow tunnels (1.2m height and 5m length) joining the domes to be planted within the new fenced off children’s play area, adjacent to the new fence running behind Ryan’s Memorial.
Living willow structures are currently growing in popularity throughout the world in children’s play areas, schools, gardens and parks. They are simple and fun to plant and build (weave) and offer people of all ages a chance to work creatively with natural living materials. After planting the willow will continue to grow producing leaves and new shoots that can be woven back into the structure.
The planting and weaving of the structures will take place on a weekend in February 2010, the optimal time of year to allow the willow to take root. The willow will be sourced locally and a number of options are currently being considered with a view to achieving the best value for money and quality. Currently exploring most appropriate product for ground cover within structures – Andy Varley has offered wood chips free of charge.
Many of our members will have seen, over the past few years, our Project list for Millhouses Park.
One of the items included has been a Climbing Boulder and we have been badgering the Cliffhanger Team for years for this. It is great that this year the Cliffhanger Team together with Wallclimber have now provided and installed a brand new, high quality, wooden Climbing wall within the children’s playground.
It went in last Friday in time for Cliffhanger and was an immediate success.
Whilst our contribution will be £1k …. the manufacturer, Cliffhanger and Parks and Countryside have contributed far more.
Thanks to those involved from the users of today, tomorrow and many years to come.