Blog: Our journey to opening Teyfant Road Adventure Playground
21st August 2019
Huge thanks to the community, feeding Bristol and Josh Eggleton’s team for making yesterdays opening event such a success!
The weather was amazing and we all enjoyed hog roast, games, activities, face painting and balloon launch to mark our opening day.
Also big thank you to all the local businesses, individuals and community for helping us get the site ready to open.
This project has been running for over two years now when we first wrote to Mayor Marvin Rees asking for his support to change the use of the land. Letter have gone back and forth to The Department for Education, Secretary of State and council, and we were finally awarded the lease last year. Since then, we’ve worked to secure planning permission and have prepped the site to begin building the adventure playground.
Our shipping container arrived earlier this year which we had converted to include toilet facilities and a kitchen. Our planning permission was granted in June, which meant we could then connect utilities and begin building.
The first structure to go onto the site was thanks to Splash Community Projects, BAE and The Joshua Trust- it was this food preparation and seating area that Josh Eggleton and his team of friends, family and colleagues from the Pony and Trap could cook from at yesterdays opening event.
GRC Fabrications and Bristol Drains supported us to put in the gravel path, and decking which was the central point for our children’s play activities yesterday- both companies working late to meet our deadline for yesterday- thank you!
The sessions we have run this summer have been supported by Quartet Community Foundation (in partnership with Playful Bristol), and Fareshare South West and Feeding Bristol have been important partners in helping us to source food and refreshments for all our sessions.
We know the value of adventure playgrounds and how central they become to children, young people and communities! They create a safe, supportive environment for children to play, learn, make friends and access support.
It was lovely to see so many friendly and supportive faces yesterday, including local councillors, FareShare, LiveWest, Community Beat Officers, companies attend yesterday to share what we have all achieved together. It’s taken a long time to get to where we are now, and we still have a long way to go…
To find out how you can get involved and help us to continue the development of the site please get in touch!