After months of planning and hard work by the Friends Group and with the support of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s #PARKSfest, Queenscroft’s Party in the Park took place on Saturday 16th July and what a glorious day it turned out to be!
The sun shined and residents turned out in force to enjoy the big blue bouncy castle, music by local rock n’roll band Senior Moments, local traders, including delicious food from the Grilling Greek
a dazzling array of ice creams from Ali Kiranel (that’s the lovely pink ice-cream van you see often doing the rounds!), as well as facepainting, sand art making and a range of other food and stalls. The Middle Park Guides and Brownies came along too and ran a treasure hunt as well as some sports activities.
The Friends Group ran a raffle to raise money for the park and we also had a free fancy dress competition to entertain the kids, judged by our local MP Clive Efford. We were also very lucky to have South East London Community Energy
lent us their amazing solar generator for the day (to power the band), this great local cooperative aims to take action on climate change and fuel poverty.
Queenscroft Park has not had an event like this for many years and the park is in need of a bit of regeneration, after many years of Council budget cuts and lack of investment in the park and its facilities. We’d like to change that.
In the short-term, we hope to spread the word about what a wonderful space the park is, get more noticeboards and signage, repair the damaged toilet block, so we can use it as a storeroom and have access to running water and electricity (which means we can run more events like this more easily, and be a more attractive space to encourage community groups and schools to use the park regularly).
Our longer-term, bigger plans include creating a bog garden around the stream area, to teach children about wildlife and ecology, and we’ve discussed the idea of a sand pit or skate park in the disused paddling pool area. If you have any ideas of suggestions or would like to help out, do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also support us by becoming a friend of the park, it’s just £5 per year, email us for more details.
The comments and feedback from everyone was amazing, it was great to have everyone’s support, to see the park packed with families and local people, and we hope to see you again next year!