Friends of Manor Park Collage.

Want to support the revival of Manor Park? You might want to read about our crowdfunding campaign…

2019 is the 90th anniversary of Manor Park.1929 was the year that the Columbia Graphophone Company, transformed Newhouse Farm into a recreation ground for its employees.

That’s all a long time ago now, but this significant anniversary for Manor Park is a fantastic opportunity to kick-start a serious revival of our beloved local park – hence our Revivify Manor Park crowdfunding campaign.

When we set up the Friends of Manor Park Group residents told us what they wanted to see the park significantly improve. In fact, we had over 140 people turn up at our first meeting in April 2017 to tell us what their issues were, and what they’d like to see happen.

Here’s some of what they asked for:

  • Improving the playground – including widening the age range of the play facilities (in fact over 200 people took part in our playground survey)
  • Improving security – e.g. better lighting in the car park
  • Continuing the work of the late Cllr Howard Jones in completing and improving the pathways
  • Improving the sports pitches – better playing surfaces and drainage
  • Better management of the natural spaces – work we’ve already begun
  • Improvements to the tennis courts – better public access and better playing surfaces
  • Determining how the community would like to see the hall develop – some are eager for a small café
  • Nicer toilet facilities
  • Better signage – it’s all looking rather sad
  • Better drainage – the park, in parts, can become a bog in the winter

…….and generally making the park feel a lot more loved.

We really want to see more of our local community making more use of the park.

The lack of paths makes areas of the park hard, if not impossible, for wheelchair users to access during the wetter months of the year – which is totally unacceptable. If you want to jog around the park in the winter you’d currently need a pair of wellies.

Local children are reportedly asking to be taken to other nearby playgrounds, such as Cheam Park or Joseph Hood Rec, for the simple reason they have better play facilities. We want our local park to be the first choice for our children.

We want to start the serious process of making the park more relevant to the whole community.

If you want this to happen then there are two things you should do…..

  1. Make a pledge on our crowdfunding Spacehive (doesn’t matter how small) – this demonstrates to the larger funders that we care, and makes their contribution much more likely
  2. Tell all your friends – get them involved

So why are we starting a crowd-funding campaign – and what exactly are we funding?

After speaking with the Mayor of London’s team at the GLA, they made it clear that having a professional 5-year plan, drawn up by experts working closely with our local community, would give us a better plan, than if we just try to do things in a piecemeal way. It also makes it far more likely that we can receive significant funding from the larger grant giving organisation e.g.The Big Lottery Fund, Sports for England, Lawn Tennis Association etc for each of the elements in our plan. It would be chunked down into different phases e.g. year 1 we could improve the play facilities, year 2 to paths, and so on.

Peter Tagg, a local resident with experience of this type of funding, wrote to us to say:

‘I totally understand that you need to get a plan together otherwise you can’t leverage finance from any other funds or organisations.  Where I work the companies have set up a Business Improvement District (BID) and for a relatively modest levy, on top of the business rates, the BID is able to operate and has obtained very significant grants from the council, the Mayor’s Fund, TFL, the GLA to help improve the Industrial Estate.’

The money raised in this crowd-funding appeal will pay for landscape designers who are expert in working with communities to revitalise public spaces. They will spend some of their time in our community finding out exactly what we want, they’ll also survey the park, and they’ll then create our master-plan, split down into whatever smaller projects we all agree to.

Please be re-assured we will still retain all that we love about Manor Park, including the beautiful quiet natural spaces, but we will end up with an amazing park that will benefit our whole community in many ways.

We need to get a high number of pledges from local residents. It’s more about how many local people pledge than how much, so even a £1 makes a statement. We’d expect the lion-share of the money to come from local corporate funding, along with some more from the GLA. They just need to see that enough of us really care.

Make a pledge TODAY

If you’d like to make a pledge, please visit our crowd-funding pages on the Spacehive site. Do it today whilst it’s front of mind. Our campaign only runs for a few weeks.

FAQS

We’ve also prepared a series of frequently asked questions which covers all the questions we’ve already been asked, and a few more.

Get more involved

If you’d like to help us with our campaign please drop us an email to team@ourmmanorpark.org.uk