Playground Funding – Have Your Say!

Almost a year ago, West Bank Park was granted a a £17,000 playground development grant from York City Council and then received a further £9,000 from the Holgate ward committee. This was very exciting and the Friends of West Bank Park got straight on to working towards giving the children’s play area a much needed revamp!

The Friends of West Bank Park undertook an initial consultation with the public to find out what people wanted the money to be spent on. The results of the nearly 400 responses to the public survey were analysed and a brief was put together and submitted to the council.

Playground equipment is notoriously expensive, so the Friends decided to focus on just two things this year: a big climber with lots to do for a wide age range, and a vehicle to replace the ‘truck’ that used to generate such a lot of imaginative play among younger children. In future years we will try to hit the survey’s next priorities: a zip-wire, a funky swing, some adult exercise equipment. Various companies submitted designs in answer to our brief and these have been whittled down to three for each project.


The Friends have now received some design options so we are ready to carry out a second consultation with the public. You’ll have two votes: one for your chosen ‘vehicle’ and one for your chosen ‘climber’. Children of any age will also be able to vote. You can vote in two ways: by clicking here which will take you to our online survey, or in person at the Hamilton Drive playground (or the bowling pavilion in case of rain) on:

Fri 7th Sept, 3:30-5:00
​Sun 9th Sept, 10:00-1:00
​Weds 12th Sept, 3:30-5:00

You will also be able to vote on Thursday 6th September if you attend the Little Friends session which starts at 10 am. More details about the group can be found here.