Some of you may have noticed the basketball courts are fenced off, the finishing touches are currently being applied to a refurbishment. The courts will be open again in a couple of weeks.
The current courts are being renovated and repainted with existing backboards and hoops renewed. There will also a new second court created and also two lower kids nets added and new benches installed.
Thanks to Basketball England for their help on this project.
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.
Cliffhanger is one of the UK’s largest outdoor outdoor-pursuits festivals, based in one of Sheffield’s biggest green spaces.We’re pretty sure that it’s actually the UK’s biggest outdoor festival for outdoor folk, with over around 20,000 visitors over the 2 days in 2009.
Legendary mountaineer and rock climber Joe Simpson is patron to Cliffhanger. Joe, who lives in Sheffield and has enjoyed recent further TV success with the film Beckoning Silence, said
‘I am proud to be patron of the Cliffhanger event in my home city. It is really appropriate that Sheffield is hosting such a major event, as it is ideally placed to become the outdoor activities capital of this country, with a significant part of the city being within the Peak District National Park – this country’s most popular national park offering so many outdoor pursuits on the doorstep.
Go to www.cliff-hanger.co.uk for further details!
Please do not forget most of the Park will be shut (except the Cricket Ground) and entry on Saturday and Sunday is by ticket only.
The Friends of Millhouses Park will have a tent alongside the new Rocky Fish Pass and be running free Duck Races throughout the weekend.
Big Prizes for the first 5 past the finishing post (swizzle lolly!) and for the last duck over the line.
We could do with some official “Pokers” with sticks to keep things moving and if anyone can spare an hour or two I can let you have a volunteers wrist-bands which will allow free access.
If we can learn this weekend the dos and don’ts then perhaps next year we can organise a repeat of the traditional Major Duck Race we all remember from years ago.
There is a nice front page and double page spread about our park in the current edition of Active8.