Sandall Park looks great all year – but never moreso than at the moment with stunning autumn colours.
Sadly the park toilets will be closed from today for the winter. It is not ideal and is not something FoSP want but there are several reasons for this.
Firstly, The toilets are only open at all due to volunteers cleaning them and funding ALL the consumables – it costs us £800 a year and we have to fund raise to keep the toilets open even for the summer.
Secondly, the toilets are opened daily by the council grounds team of which many are seasonal workers and apparently there are not enough in the winter to carry out the task.
Thirdly, in previous years serious damage has been caused to the toilets by frost. The result is that the water systems are often drained during the winter to prevent this.
It is not ideal. If anyone is not happy with the situation (like us) they should direct their complaint to the council at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When we have previously run a campaign to try and keep the toilets open we have asked that people complain to the council and let their feelings be known. Not one person (apart from FoSP members) has done so. This pretty well weakens our position in trying to keep them open.
Our thanks to BBC Radio Sheffield for the coverage of our ‘on’t be a loafer’ campaign.
Another campaign day in the park – encouraging people not to give the ducks and geese white bread.
It started with our volunteers doing a live interview with BBC Radio Sheffield at 7am (in the dark!) Great interviews and coverage.
This was then followed a blitz of Tweets on the subject and then later in the day volunteers set up an information stand handing out bird seed and information sheets.
Well done volunteers and thanks to everyone for your support.
Out of the sad events at the parkrun recently there has at least been some good. Thanks to the kindness and support of fellow parkrunners enough has been raised to provide a defibrillator for the park. Not just for parkrunners but for all park users. Thankyou parkrunners.
Please see the post below from Doncaster Parkrun.
The winners of our 100 Club for October are …. drum roll ….. P. Derx, N. Gethin and M. Oxley.
Thank you very much for your support everyone, and if you didn’t win this time, better luck next month.