|Parachute games at last year's Festival|
The event is organised by the Friends of Eton Grove Park who have been extremely effective at, as they state writing a few letters and grabbing a few ears, to make improvements to a park that was run down: 'cracked walking paths, no tennis courts anymore, no football posts, no cricket crease and no flowers!'. The group was formed in 2008 to 'bring back life, energy and security to the park'.
Since then they have managed to get:
- New fencing up along segments of the park boundary
- The children's playground has been revamped
- The reintroduction of tennis courts and a new multi-use games area
In many ways this is an excellent example of community action which has succeeded in making real improvements in the quality of life for local people, especially the children.
There are more projects in the pipeline including a cricket pitch and facilities for older residents. I wish them well.