Work under way on toddlers’ play area as part of Page Park’s transformation taking place

Published on: 02 May 2016

THE Big Lunch attracted thousands of people into Page Park last year but next month’s event could be even bigger and better.
Buoyed by the success of the recent £1.6million lottery grant to improve the park, it is anticipated that many more people will come along to find out more about how the cash will transform the historic green space.
The event will take place on Sunday June 12 and will open with music on the bandstand from 10.45am right through until 5pm.
Among the acts will be a Flamenco guitarist and dancer, 1940s-style singers The Marionettes and the Westerleigh Showband.
Families and friends are encourage to come along with a picnic and soak up the chilled atmosphere.
There will be food stalls and children’s entertainment such as rides, games and face-painting.
Friends of Page Park will have a stand where people can come and find out about how the recent lottery grant will be spent and visitors will be able to talk to project managers from South Gloucestershire Council about the ambitious scheme.
The park’s recently appointed activities manager,  Rowena Kenny, will also be on hand to discuss some of the things she has planned, including an initiative called Treemendous which will focus on the trees in the park.
VIP guests include Gloucestershire’s Lord Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter, and  members of the Page family whose ancestor, Alderman Arthur William Page, gave up some of his garden to create the 19-acre park for the local community in 1910.
Steph Purser, vice chair of the Friends of Page Park, said: “The Big Lunch is part of the Eden Project and aims to bring people together at various events throughout the country.
“Families, friends, neighbours and communities are encouraged to come together for a lunch and to have a really good time.”
Steph said last year’s event at Page Park was a huge success, although partly due to the clement weather.
“It was fantastic,” she said.
“The weather was beautiful and we had 6-8,000 people join us. People celebrated birthdays, met up with friends and families and ate picnics. There was a really nice atmosphere.
“We can organise everything but the weather but fingers crossed the sun will be out again. We have lots of things going on and hopefully it will be another success.”
Meanwhile work on the toddler play area is underway. Workers moved onto the site behind the bandstand on April 18 and started by cutting some trees to make the area lighter.
It will feature swings, slides and bespoke wooden equipment made by a Bristol-based company called TouchWood.
It is hoped the play area will be open in time for the Big Lunch.
Page Park Community Trust has now been set up to manage the community building and look for people to manage the cafe.
It is hoped work on the community building/cafe will get underway in September, with a finish date of around Easter 2017.
The new path was recently completed and is now open.
“Things are moving swiftly and we are all very pleased. It’s very exciting,” said Steph.
“We still need more money to help with all of the plans for the park. People can make donations in Brunt and Fussell estate agents in Broad Street or go to our website and send it to our treasurer. They can also go to BT Donate and send money online.”
To find out more visit www.friendsofpagepark.co.uk

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