Frequently Asked Questions
“What’s happening to the trees” is something people have been asking about so here is what we can tell you.
Our colleagues in the Council commissioned an independent survey from an Arboriculturist in November 2017 who has told us that some of the trees especially around the periphery are not healthy and should be removed before work starts on the park. Sadly during Storm Ali in September a number of trees were damaged – some have had to be removed.
We know that trees which look healthy but are diseased on the inside are more vulnerable to damage in a storm. We want everyone who used the park to be safe so we need to heed advice about which trees will need to be removed.
It’s important to know that we are designing the park around the trees because they will continue to be the most beautiful standout feature of our ‘little pocket woodland park’.
We will not be removing trees to create pathways or play equipment. The trees bring welcome shade in the summer and provide
Children will be involved in planting more trees in the park so that they have a chance to learn about how important trees are to our ecology and well-being.
In the future, we want to make sure that the trees are well cared for and maintained so that we can all continue to enjoy this beautiful wee park for many years to come.
Wheelchair Play Equipment
- a row of 4 swings which will incorporate a wheelchair swing, 2 flat swings and a toddler swing
- a ground level trampoline which everyone can bounce on – even if they use a wheelchair
- a roundabout which is flush to the ground that everyone can pile on
- At the moment the gate into the park isn’t easy to manage, it’s a bit sticky and will need more than WD40 to fix. So, we are planning to install new gates which will be easier to manage and will be safe for children
- The concrete ramp into the park has too steep an incline for lots of children and adults and people complain about ending up in a muddy puddle at the bottom. So, we will create a gentle slope into the park which will lead onto a path rather than grass
- At the moment there are no pathways around the park and the surface is bumpy and uneven which is difficult for children and adults that have mobility problems. So, we have planned lovely brick pathways which are wide enough for parents pushing a buggy and a child to walk beside. The pathways will roughly circular skirting around the trees. There will also be linking pathways so that many more children and young people can get to the new play area
- Access from the park up into The Usual Place Community Café will also be created using the same kind of gentle slope that we will use at the Catherine Street entrance. At the moment children and parents ‘dreep’ over the wall so hopefully this will make things a bit safer for everyone