Purple Crocus Add to the Memorial

Excellent work by our Head Junior Ranger Emma and Lead Junior Ranger Katie. They planted 1,200 purple crocus bulbs around our Covid Memorial on 24th October – World Polio Day.

The bulbs were donated by Rotary Club Doncaster to mark World Polio Day and to raise awareness of it.

You can find out more about the Campaign here: https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day and more about Rotary Club of Doncaster here: http://doncasterrotary.org.uk/
Thank you Rotary Club of Doncaster, Emma and Katie! We look forward to the beautiful colour  popping up next spring.


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Enclosed Dog Exercise Area

Many people have asked us for a secure area to be able to let their dogs off without fear of them running off, being chased off, or escaping onto the road in pursuit of a squirrel or something.

Similarly, this sort of space would be ideal for training dogs.
Two years ago we set out a proposal having been ‘offered’ the derelict nursery area, to create an Inclusive Dog Agility Park – Paws Park it was to be called. It would be suitable for wheelchair users and be unique to Doncaster we believe. We underwent numerous site meetings, did a tremendous amount of work and have the proposals all in place, but it is on the back burner until the council have the funds to clear the site.

So, in the interim, we have another proposal. We would like to fence off an area of the old golf course at the Wheatley Hotel end of the park. This would create an enclosed space just for dogs to be off the lead without the risk of losing them. It does not mean that dogs would have to be on a lead on the rest of the golf course or the park, only around the lake as it is now (in accordance with the Public Space Protection Order).

The golf course wouldn’t be changed or look any different other than there would be a fence across, with gates opening onto Thorne Road and Barnby Dun Road – at existing entrances, and one onto the golf course itself. There are dog waste bins at these entrances already. We could also install some dog agility equipment if funds allow.

The only way we could do this would be to raise funds, there is nothing in the coffers that could pay for this. Before we do any more work on it, we need to know if it would be supported by you, the park users. Please consider completing the online survey. We will be doing a paper survey for people we see in the park but with the Covid situation being as it is at the moment, this will be restricted. 

Click here for the survey.


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More Volunteers in the Park

Club Foundation Doncaster NCS volunteering in the park. Fantastic work!
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Another bit in the CV – 19 Jigsaw.

The Covid nail art storyboard. Great work

Dawn!https://www.facebook.com/DawnsNailAndBeautyRoom/We’re still only half way to finishing the Covid Memorial, still lots of work to do.

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We’ve got the Green Flag Award – AGAIN!

Another proud moment to receive the Green Flag Award for 2020/21. Congratulations to DMBC and FoSP volunteers for this huge achievement – despite all the challenges that 2020 has thrown our way.
Of course all the visitors and ‘unofficial’ helpers and volunteers have contributed too – well done to you all and thank you. It’s a team effort.
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New Memorial Bench

Jackie’s bench is already a favourite with park visitors and her many friends.

We did say at the start that flowers, decorations, trinkets etc are not allowed on the bench. It’s a public park and the bench is not a shrine.
As the ‘purchaser’ of the bench on behalf of all the people who donated, it falls to me to ensure the council guidelines are adhered to, it’s my responsibility. It’s for everyone’s sake and the keeping the park safe and tidy.
We suspected it wouldn’t take long, but there’s already been a trinket attached to the bench. If the person who placed it there would like to take it back that would be great. If not, it will be removed tomorrow. If anyone would like to read the guidelines they are accessible on the council’s website: https://dmbcwebstolive01.blob.core.windows.net/…/Doncas…
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
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