Great excitement inthe park this morning with Sandall park’s first ever Christmas day parkrun and a fantastic turnout it was too.
There is always something happening in Sandall Park and this year has been another particularly busy one.
The warm dry summer brought its problems with the lake and the angling club worked extremely hard to rectify the situation. Between them, the council and the Environment Agencies the health of the water was brought back under control. Our public played their part and the additional cost of an aerator to help the water condition was mostly funded by a Crowdfunding Appeal – so thank you to you all!
There have been litter picks, lots of maintenance and planting, garden tending and toilet cleaning by volunteers; the introduction of Junior Rangers. Many things going on in the background, all happening to make the park nice. Of course, the park users are doing their bit too – litter picking, challenging people who don’t pick up after their dogs and generally taking an interest in ensuring the park’s success.
There have been even more new installations: a wheelchair roundabout for Inclusive Play – again funded by a Crowdfunding Appeal – thank you everyone! The biggest project was the phase two of the large Wooden Adventure Play area on the old golf course. Then there was the development of the Quiet Garden (where the train used to run); Poppy Displays and much, much more.
Through the hard work of the council, the FoSP and you, the public, the Park has been awarded the Prestigious Green Flag Award for the second year running, and another Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.
So, while you’re enjoying your Christmas break (if you get one of course) spend some time in the park and get some fresh air and exercise. You’ve earnt it!
On that note I wish you all a Peaceful and Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Happy 2019.
Chairman Friends of Sandall Park
The park cafe will now be closing at 3pm each day until March next year. Open 8am and close 3pm. They’ll be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.