The Council called out for artistic and creative volunteers to help recreate the much loved, unique, wooden play area nestled just off Thamesdown Drive. Due to several wooden creatures in the play area becoming faded and worn, the repainting required some skill and patience to restore the creatures and bring them back to life.
The project began on Friday 19th March 2021 whereby local artists Marilyn Trew and Jo Garton, braved the wet and windy weather to repaint the creatures. Marilyn said “I was very happy to be invited to refurbish this lovely nature based play park. Myself and Jo Garton set to work on the Frog and Cricket bouncers and the Green Man Totem Pole. It didn’t take long before they looked great again and I received lots of compliments from users afterwards. That’s the beauty of being community artists!”. This is not the first time that Marilyn & Friends have helped the Parish Council with various projects, such as the Remembrance Day artwork for 2019 and 2020 and working on a map of Seven Fields which the Parish Council will be purchasing for the Seven Fields Conservation Group.
The redecoration project finished on Monday 23rd March 2021 with a team from Prime Handyman Services, a newly established company that began at the beginning of the pandemic. Understandably proud of the company’s achievements throughout the pandemic and growing from strength to strength, owner of the company Reg, advised that he wanted to give something back to his local community and saw this as a great opportunity. The team repainted the large snake and the crocodile see saw. Born and bred Swindonian Reg said “we were really happy to support our local community in this way. We have been delighted by the local support for our business, and this was a great opportunity for us to give back – and now we are looking to recruit within the local area too. We know how important it is to invest back into your local community”. Reg has kindly offered the company’s assistance in future projects and has loved working with the Parish Council.
The Play Area is now very vibrant with primary colours of green, red and yellow. The enhancement has been very well received by residents who have been contacting the Parish Council with their comments of appreciation. The Play Area will also benefit from a slide being installed next to the swing unit within the next couple of weeks. The slide due to be installed has been recycled from King George V Play Area following the recent resurfacing work.