Friends of Bowling Park
We are a group of enthusiastic volunteers who love the wonderful green open spaces of Bowling Park situated in south east Bradford, West Yorkshire. The park is over 110 years old and has been enjoyed by generations of Bradford people from the cosmopolitan local communities of East and West Bowling amongst the urban heart of the city. As a group we want to see the park improved, its heritage protected, its place valued in the local community and our aim is to give as many people as possible the chance to have fun and enjoy the beautiful surroundings it provides.
Bowling Park receives £50,000 grant from WREN for playground redevelopment!! – Bowling Park is set to get a newly redeveloped playground thanks to a £50,000 grant.
The money, awarded by WREN FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to buy new play equipment, fence off the play area and improve site drainage. David Brickman, Secretary of the Friends of Bowling Park group, said: “This project has seen the Friends of Bowling Park working in partnership with Bradford Council in listening to local people to provide a much improved play experience for park visitors. “We consulted extensively with park users in order to establish what their priorities and concerns were regarding the playground. The project will improve user safety through the installation of fencing, improve site drainage and install much needed new play equipment.
“We hope to provide a real boost to park users and create a facility which brings the people of East and West Bowling together. It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our new improved playground taking shape over the next three months.”
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Penny Beaumont, WREN’s grant manager for Yorkshire, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Bowling Park Playground project and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and young families across Bradford. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”
Phil Barker, Bradford Council’s Assistant Director for Sport and Culture, said: “Everyone has worked really hard to make this project happen. I am sure the improvements will provide local children with a fun and safe environment to play in for many years.”
The work will start in the next few weeks and is likely to finish before the end of July so keep watching this space for more news…….
– There is a walking group which has 2 more Tuesday meetings in July and then will recommence on September 6th.
– The hut in the park is usually open every afternoon during term time from 3-4 for young people drop in. This will finish over the hols and recommence in September.
– Refreshments will be served in the hut over the summer each Saturday and Sunday (dependent on the weather) between 2 and 4pm.
– The monthly litter picks will continue in August on 6th and September 3rd. These commence at 10 am til 12pm meeting at the hut near Burras Road entrance.
– Park life event for young people in the park each day working with e:merge. Activities, sports and games from 10am to 3pm August 1st to 5th.