The Child Okeford Recreation Ground Improvements Project
( C.O.R.G.I )
What is the CORGI project?
Following the village survey in 2016, the Trustees of the QEII Playing Field, Child Okeford Charitable Trust have begun a project to improve the facilities that are available at the recreation ground. This includes the play and physical fitness opportunities on the playing field, as well as the recreational/ leisure facilities provided by the Community Centre.
Why do things need to change?
The Community Centre and playing field are a fantastic resource. They offer villagers a place to play outside, get together, improve fitness and wellbeing, and have fun. The Community Centre is in an ideal situation to provide an indoor/outdoor facility – perfect for community events, children’s birthday parties, toddler groups and after-school groups. However the community centre itself is dated, does not meet current building regulations regarding insulation and really needs an overhaul of its facilities to allow it to integrate more fully within its position in the village’s only public greenspace.
The current play area has limited play appeal. According to children’s charity Play England – Play is an essential part of every child’s life. It is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as for social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
Our hope is develop an exciting play trail that allows children the opportunity to develop all the above skills by using natural materials where possible and to also encourage imagination and hopefully provide hours of entertainment and fun.
As well as providing play opportunities for children, we hope to encourage adults to use the playing field more for fitness too by incorporating a “trim trail”.
What are our plans?
We intend to look at a 2 phase project to provide facilities that allow residents of all ages to use the recreation ground to play, picnic, stroll, run, keep fit, and be able to utilise it for other leisure activities and community events.
- To look at providing an all age trim/play trail
- To consider building a petanque court (french boules – a great all age sport)
- To provide picnic tables to encourage families (not all parents/ grandparents want to sit on a picnic rug!) to come and make the most of this fantastic green play space
- To consider a brick built BBQ for community use
- To consider an outdoor table tennis table
- To consider a perimeter track
To look at re-developing the Community Centre to provide a more modern building that meets current building regulations and provides the following (which were requested in the village survey results and in consultations with the user groups):
- A larger kitchen with more (lockable) storage for user groups
- Large/ full length windows to provide good visibility of the play area and the playing field from the main hall and kitchen.
- French/sliding doors to allow the integration of inside/outside
- Well insulated flooring, not carpeted so that it is easier to clean and possibly with underfloor heating.
- Storage for regular user groups
- Improved toilet facilities
- Slightly larger main hall with separate storage for chairs/tables etc.
- Better insulation/heating
All development on the playing field is subject to approval from Fields in Trust and any necessary planning consents.
How can you help?
We need fundraising ideas!
We needs enthusiastic volunteers to run/help at events!
We need villagers to attend fundraising events!
We would welcome advice and help from people with specialist knowledge or skills, who may be able to donate some time to the project. We are particular keen to hear from architects, quantity surveyors and play area/landscape designers.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Kirsty Baird (Chair of the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field, Child Okeford, Trust) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find information on events and developments
- The Hill community magazine – if you don’t already subscribe to The Hill and would like to, you can contact – Alan Blackman 01258 860118
- The village website – www.childokeford.org
- The Child Okeford Noticeboard Facebook page
- The Child Okeford Community Centre Facebook page
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Page updated 8/10/17