March 2016 ....

Community Effort & Family Fun ...

March saw two very different kinds of activity organised by the Friends of Eastfield Park. At the beginning of the month, on the afternoons of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, we ran short litter picking sessions as part of the national 'Clean for the Queen' campaign, while towards the end of the month, on Easter Sunday, we held our annual 'Easter@Eastfield' family fun afternoon in the Park.

Eight people joined in the litter picking, putting in an estimated 24 hours of effort and collecting 27 bags of litter and other rubbish plus a shopping trolley removed from the lake. Other large items of rubbish were reported as fly tipping for removal by Enterprise. Considering the weather (cold winds and showers at end of the first session) and how many potential helpers were involved in litter picking elsewhere as part of the national campaign, we think this was a reasonably good outcome. One discouraging incident happened between the two sessions: a motor bike was placed on the bench by the lake and set on fire, destroying both the bike and the seat (see Ranger's Report).

Web litter collected
Web burnt-out bike
Web E@E Comp for web

Despite some rather gusty winds, the Easter event seemed to be enjoyed by all those who came along to it. A number of local businesses, including Rothwell's Convenience Stores, Lakeview News, Bushland Road Co-op, Morrison's and Aldi, donated chocolate and other sweets as prizes while Broadmead Baptist Church, St Alban's Church, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Friends of Eastfield Park put on activities, including an Easter trail, egg hunting, face paiting, welly throwing, craft work and a tombola. Local councillors provided funding for a bouncy castle. Considering the weather, the event was reasonably well attended. The tombola raised over £120 for Guide Dogs but we don't yet know the final total raised by all the activities.

Web St A's craft
Web Egg counting
Web Bouncy Castle
Web tombola
Web Guide Dog comp
Web Face Painting
web B'mead craft
Web Welly throwing

It is proving difficult for some volunteers to support this event on Easter Sunday so next year's event will be held on Easter Monday. Since Easter will be two weeks later, we are hoping for better weather!

Other News ....

We expect the contract for the new junior play area to be awarded in the very near future. Unfortunately, it will be for the cheaper option as the FoEP/NBC joint bid NBC for additional funding was unsuccessful. We hope to have the play equipment installed in time for the summer holidays.
The FoEP want to create a garden border around the play area and anybody willing to volunteer for this project should please contact us direcctly by email or through the 'Contact' page on this website.

Progress with Play Area

Eastfield Park Ranger's Report

March 2016

Number of Patrols: Eleven
Dog Issues: Number of walkers down slightly, possibly due to the underfoot conditions. Fouling appears reduced.
Littering Issues: Medium level with bin capacity not exceeded.
Graffiti Incidents: None reported.
Vehicle on the Park incidents: One serious incident involving a possible stolen motorcycle placed next to the bench nearest to the lake and set on fire destroying the bench. Police removed the motorcycle for further investigation.
Anti-Social Behaviour: See above, in addition to continued alcohol consumption.
The incident reported above involving the motorcycle is the most recent incident of a number that have happened in this particular area of the park. Park furniture and Council litter and dog bins have been targeted for minor damage or thrown into the lake. A review of the location and its continued use as a site for such items has already taken place.
Length of Grass: Acceptable, at the moment but under continuous review.
State of litter bins: Largely acceptable with two reported as unacceptable.
March has been a busy month with a drop in patrols compared to last month owing to end of year annual leave commitments. Concern still exists with the continued use of motor cycles on the park and the anti-social behaviour which has increased in severity. Dog owners are largely picking up their dogs mess; levels of walkers down possibly as a result of very wet underfoot conditions.
Owners who fail to pick up their animals' mess will be dealt with by the Ranger when witnessed. I am continuing to carryout spot checks on dog walkers and asking individuals if they have dog bags on them. This challenging process will hopefully encourage people to carry bags at all times.This approach appears to be working with the park looking good and with most dog walkers picking up.

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