North Lodge Park play proposals

Just Regional
Oct 25, 2016 2 mins read

There are still sign posts that point to “Children’s Corner” in North Lodge Park in Cromer, and visitors often ask in the Park café where the play park is. Unfortunately, it is long gone, but there is a project under way by the Friends of North Lodge Park to create a new play space for children.

“The two surveys conducted by the Friends of North Lodge Park identified the lack of children’s play in the park as a key priority to be addressed, so it was decided to invest profits from the cafe in a play area,” said Samantha Annison, vice-chair of the Friends. “Cromer Junior School held some workshops at the start of the year and brought forward some super ideas for the play area, and from these we have had a project team looking at options over the summer.”

Suppliers were asked to bring forward proposals against the following criteria:
• An innovative design, unique to the area, that will make the park, and Cromer, a destination for play.
• A design sensitive to the surroundings, the heritage of the park and nearby residents.
• Low level play to not obstruct the vistas across the space.
• Inclusive play for all, up to age 10/12.
• A budget of £100,000.

“We are really pleased with the four proposals received,” said Julie Collier from the Friends. “The options are really promising and we are eager to share the proposals with the community before we move to the next stage, finalising a design to confirm the budget and planning requirements.

“There is still much to do to make the project a reality, including fund-raising, and agreeing a sustainable maintenance plan, but we are aiming for implementation next year.”

Two open days are being held on Friday and Saturday October 28 and 29 from 11am to 3pm at the Sea View pre-school in North Lodge Park, where the four proposals will be on show. Everyone is invited to attend and discuss the options with the Friends to help decide which, if any, proposal to take forward to the next stage.

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