A popular play area at Foreland Road, Turlin Moor has officially re-opened after an extensive refurbishment, following a partnership between a group of local mums who form the Play Moor, Skate Moor community group and BCP Council.
The refurbishment – which commenced in March – saw Play Moor, Skate Moor make a successful bid for £85,000 from BCP Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) as well as additional contributions of more than £14,000 from Section 106 developers’ contributions. Further fundraising efforts saw nearly £6,000 raised from the group, including contributions made by Talbot Village Trust.
Play Moor, Skate Moor’s aim is to provide local children and families with a modern and innovative communal play space, including seating and play equipment that offers stimulating and challenging opportunities for children.
Works included the removal of the old play equipment, replacing it with a rope climber, new swings, a roundabout, trampoline, and innovative climbing frames. Better access to the park was also factored into the works, with a new accessible path laid for people with mobility issues. A community fence painting day was held in May, working alongside volunteers from Barclays, who also donated money towards the painting supplies.
Councillor Felicity Rice, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change at BCP Council commented, “It’s great to see the local community coming together and driving this project forward in partnership with BCP Council. The new play area directly relates to the needs of the local community who have been instrumental throughout the project, and the playpark will be enjoyed by their children and their future generations for years to come. This is a great example of our commitment to investing in a low carbon community project that doesn’t affect climate change.”
Mel Meadowcroft from Play Moor, Skate Moor commented, “We are really excited to see the new improved park opening. We’ve worked so hard to involve local adults and children to choose the kind of play equipment they wanted. We’re so proud to be able to have picnic benches installed and accessible play equipment for all to use.”
Play Moor, Skate Moor was supported by Let’s Talk Moor community project, part of the Poole Communities Trust charity which works with residents to help improve facilities in the local area.