Category Archives: Projects

Second table tennis table

FOSP are so pleased that we have arranged for the installation of a second table tennis table next to the compound just in time for half term fun in the sunshine ☀ Do feel free to bring your bats and ping pong balls down to the park for a game!

New surface in the Multi Use Games Area

It is so fantastic to have the new surface in the compound and now the weather is changing we can use it more at the weekends!

FOSP volunteers are organising Saturday morning football sessions, every Sat 9 till 11, for youngsters under 8 years old..

Please do bring your son or daughter along for a fun informal FREE session.

Please be advised that parents / carers will need to stay to supervise your kids.

The hut will be open so you can have a cuppa or get involved!

Last year the council asked residents for ideas for suggested improvements to parks and open spaces in the borough. FoSP submitted a proposal to renovate the MUGA in Stoneydown Park, which was looking tired and unloved, although hugely popular. Luckily, it was one of the ideas that was chosen.

Sports Courts UK Ltd has now completed the works and the lovely new MUGA (Multi Use Games Area aka ‘The compound’!) will be open from tomorrow, 8th October. The extensive works have included improving the drainage, resurfacing the area and adding new goals/basketball hoops. New tarmac has been installed and a bright and colourful anti-slip layer and court markings have been added, making the MUGA a fun and safe place for ball sports throughout the year.

Under-7’s playground refurbishment

Good news for the littlest Stoneydowners: playground supplier Eibe has been selected by Waltham Forest Council to undertake the refurbishment of the under-7’s playground in 2015.

Check out images of the proposed design below.

We’re told that the work will commence in September and be complete by October 2015.

The council will display the proposed design at Stoneydown Park play area, and Eibe are hoping to come to the folk festival to hear your comments.

Stoneydown Park  Layout Stoneydown Park Final Design Stoneydown Park Equipment Images

Playground improvement

We attended the public consultation on 2 March 2013 at Vestry House and took these photographs of the display boards presented by the three contractors. Please do take a look at their ideas. We have asked that the successful contractor works with the group and park users to ensure that the final project actually reflects the park users views.

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Interactive Sensory Garden

Update: willow dome building from April 2013

At our AGM in July 2012 we agreed that our next major project would be the development of an underused, uninspiring corner of the park into an interactive sensory garden. The inspiration for the project stemmed from our wish to remember Claire Tansley, a local resident who was a very active member of the group and a person who contributed in so many ways to our local community. Sadly Claire died in February 2012. The ethos of the project is to develop a space where children can learn through play, explore their environment, introduce bio diversity and encourage families and park users to enjoy their local green space.

The local authority have agreed in principle to the idea and have agreed to be co applicants for funding bids.

Between October and December 2012 we ran a public consultation in the hut and asked for users views and opinions about features they would like to see in the park. We are currently developing a plan of the site based on the users views, we held a further consultation event on 13.01.13 when we built a scale model of the site.

Stoneydown Park Community Games Area

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At the FOSP AGM 2011 the possibility of a larger scale park refurbishment was raised , and during the autumn we worked on funding applications and plans with a view of updating the compound area in the park. We developed an online survey to canvas park users views and also ran a paper survey for park users and members of the community to give their ideas and views on how they would like to see the space used.We collated these results into a proposal to develop the area into a community sports area, with new surfacing and markings, goals and basketball hoops. People also felt that some art work would also brighten the area. We were delighted when our application to Groundworks for Transform funding of £11,000 was approved and we started working with the local authority to draw up plans for the space at the end of 2011.

As part of this project we developed links with both Stoneydown and St Patricks primary schools in the park, as the project was taking place in an area used by both schools. We also forged links with our local secondary school, Willowfield Humanities college, as students from their BTec Art and design course kindly agreed to decorate the wall with a bright mural. We held a successful launch day when they came to show us their ideas for the wall, and members of the public voted for their favourite design. We now have a stunning mural depicting scenes of transportation in the city from the age of steam to the present day.

We were all delighted when the project was completed in July 2012, and was officially opened by Cllr Richard Swedan the Mayor of Waltham Forest on 21 July. We have successfully collaborated with the local authority and Groundworks to bring this project together, and it is great to see the space being used by so many members of the local community to play games, exercise and have fun.