The Waterloo Millennium Green at the corner of Waterloo Road and Baylis Road continues to take shape. Here is the latest newsletter about the Green.
This month we will be planting up the water feature and filling it with water to create a beautiful marsh garden. Following on from some initial teething problems, we have taken safety advice, talked to local people, commissioned a new design and raised funds to create a safer and more interesting feature.
Between 18 and 28 June volunteers from the Trust for Urban Ecology (TRUE) and Putting Down Roots (PDR) will be on site Monday to Friday. You can come along and join in, please call us to for details of how to get involved
We are having a volunteer day for everyone on Saturday 22 June, (10am-4pm). Do come along and get your hands dirty or just drop by and see what is being done.
The bed of the feature will be filled with gravel, plants, and water. Please see the design overleaf. The design has come from experienced water feature designers, TRUE. This work will create a wild and colourful marsh garden on the green that will provide a tranquil and safe feature to be enjoyed by all. Local children told us that they want to play in water so we have included a water play area in the new adventure playground on site.
Before this work can take place we will run a safety test. This means that the water feature will be filled, run and emptied between Wednesday 12 June and Friday 14 June. Please help in ensuring that anyone, particularly children stay out of the water, during the test, the development phase and beyond.
Thank you to all of you for supporting us and working with us to help make a beautiful flower garden and meadow on the green. The meadow is now in bloom with poppies, cornflowers and corn cockle.
The new play area on site will be completed in July 2002 in time for the summer holidays. You will have seen the site being developed as you walk by. Local children provided all of the ideas for the design. You may have noticed the slide in the toddlers area and the lights for the ball play area. Over the coming weeks you will see the site take shape with the installation of a tree runway, a performance stage, storytelling area, toddlers sand pit, a water play area and a ball play space.
These play facilities will be run by Blackfriars Settlement who will transfer their youth and play services back to the site. Work is scheduled to be completed just before the end of the Summer term. Blackfriars Settlement's Summer playscheme will operate from the new facility from Monday 22 July for the six weeks of the school holidays, funding permitting. For further details of the Summer scheme please contact Greg on (020) 7928 9521.
A dynamic centre is opening in an innovative new facility in the heart of Waterloo.
Watch out for the all new internet café to be run by local young people.
The building will also provide career support.
The whole site and building is your facility. The organisations involved, Waterloo Community Charity, Blackfriars Settlement and London Borough of Lambeth are working together to develop opportunities for local people to take a lead on the management and the development of the whole site. We welcome your views and thoughts. If you want to get involved in any way or you just want to know a little more please contact us. We will be running tours of the building and site before it is all open.
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