Common play area is worth the wait

May 30 2014

DREARY weather did not dampen the spirits of those celebrating the opening of Horfield Common’s highly anticipated playground, which has come to fruition after eight years of campaigning.

DREARY weather did not dampen the spirits of those celebrating the opening of Horfield Common’s highly anticipated playground, which has come to fruition after eight years of campaigning.
The children’s playground development, which cost £82k, was commissioned by Bristol City Council. The money came from the council’s capital stimulus to improve parks and green spaces throughout the city.
In response to recent consultation, voters - including toddlers groups, schools and local residents - chose the Sutcliffe design out of five proposed plans.
The play area includes a climbing wall, slides and swings for both children and young teens, as well as other necessities such as seating and litter bins.
Locals gathered at the launch of the new play area on May 24 to watch founding members of Friends of Horfield Common - Pat Gardiner and Kay Thomson - cut the ribbon.
Chair of FOHC, Sam Thomson, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that this day has finally arrived as it’s been a very lengthy process, with a lot of time and energy spent.
“This play area is a testament to what local people can achieve. It’s massively important to the area and we’re hopeful that this will be the start of many new memories. It’s going to be wonderful to see people finally enjoying it.”
Redeveloping the play area was one of the reasons why FOHC was established in 2006.
The group’s next objective is to secure the future of the common’s much-loved venue, the Ardagh.

Pat Gardiner and Kay Thomson cutting the ribbon

UPDATE: Friends of Horfield Common are still waiting for the turf to be established before Bristol City Council can remove the barriers around the outside of the play area. Sam Thomson, FOHC chair, says that this will not be until after June 9, when the project manager returns from holiday.  

In the meantime, it is advised that users of Horfield Common refrain from using the park.