Bournemouth Council has successfully won £50,000 in People’s Millions Competition to improve the lifestyle of disabled children in Winton.
After competing against 114 other local community projects, Bournemouth achieved the most votes on 26th November for their Winton Play Garden scheme to transform a disused bowling green at Winton Recreational Ground into an activity park for children.
Amanda Catlin, Neighbourhood Warden, said the project is expected to have a “big impact” and added:
It will be a real asset for families who may have disabled children”
Many of these children are students at Linwood Special Needs School which, along with St Luke’s Infant School, is situated only a few minutes away from where the play garden will be.
Because various residents do not have gardens of their own, this project will provide a place where all children, disabled or otherwise, will be able to “play in the same space with equipment suitable for everyone” said Miss Catlin.
There will be puzzles and other play equipment with noise designed to facilitate the needs of disabled children which will be “tactile, sensory and manipulative” said Parks Development Manager, Michael Rowland.
As well as this, Bournemouth Council will be approaching local schools in January 2015 so pupils can decide for themselves what equipment they would like in the park.
The Council has high hopes that this will be their first garden to be accredited by Plan Inclusive Play Areas (PiPA), which helps local authorities to create an inclusive outdoor play area. This will allow pupils from Linwood School, as well as other children with physical or learning disabilities to play in a mainstream playground.
To see which other projects have won the People’s Millions competition, click here.