Arne Crescent Play Area

Updated 9th July 2020

The Project

NOW OPEN! After a delay caused by the Coronavirus lockdown, we are pleased to announce that the new play area is finally open.

We hope to be able to celebrate it soon! In the meantime, please follow the play safety guidance published at the BPC website

This project represents the first steps towards the development and creation of a new community hub in Bourne, Alderney, with exciting works starting early February on the relocation and installation of the new play area. 

The previous play area next to Bourne Valley Youth Centre had reached its end-of-use, and children’s play has been relocated as part of a wider scheme that is considering the creation of a new community centre. The new play area is situated on the green space between Arne Avenue and Arne Crescent (just opposite the existing much smaller facility), and is known as Arne Crescent Play Area. Equipment includes toddler and junior swings, a 12 metre zipwire, a slalom rope walk and inclusive play panels (see the detailed designs below). 

Above: an overview of the new play area design, showing all the play equipment to be installed (seen top right is the previous play area next to Bourne Valley Community Centre, which has been removed)

Above: play equipment & features suitable for older children & teens

Above: play equipment & features suitable for young children

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Project development & funding 2019

During spring 2019, a team from the Bourne Community Group, Poole Communities Trust (PCT) and BCP Council met with local children and young people, parents, carers and grandparents at various locations around Bourne to undertake engagement and consultation on the play activities and equipment people would like to see locally. This formed the basis of a grant application made by the Poole Communities Trust (PCT) to the Veolia Environment Trust, who support local community and environmental projects across England through the Landfill Communities Fund, using money provided by Veolia.

The PCT secured £73,000 funding from the Veolia Environmental Trust and provided their own contribution of £7,300, with an additional £5,850 coming from the Section 106 developers’ contributions to bring this project to life.

Kerry Manning, Chair of the Bourne Community Group, said “It’s wonderful to see that all the ideas children and young people had for the new play area are going to happen. Not only will this be a fun new facility for local children and young people but it is a great example of how getting involved in your local community can make a huge difference.”

Chris Beale, Chair of Poole Communities Trust said “We are very grateful to the Veolia Environment Trust for the £73,000 grant. This is a wonderful step to improve facilities in Bourne and after much planning with the community and fundraising, our wider ambitions for the Community Hub are in touching distance”

Project details

Budget £86,150
Funding Veolia Environmental Trust £73,000
Poole Communities Trust £7,300
Section 106 Planning Obligations £5,850
Project Leader Reuben Hawkwood
T. 01202 261324

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