The campaign to raise money for the Calverley Adventure Grounds in Tunbridge Wells has taken off by raising £14,000 in five days. The target for the play area is £225,000.
The idea is to raise the money by November in order to complete the build in time for next summer.
Fundraising co-ordinator Kate Bourne told an audience at the official launch of the next phase ofÂ the project that sponsorshipÂ opportunities rangedÂ from £50 for a squareÂ metre of the site toÂ £30,000 for the largestÂ piece of equipment.
Event managementÂ company ID&C hasÂ already sponsoredÂ a swing. Its director Steve Daly said: “AsÂ a father of youngÂ children I know itÂ will add value to theÂ Tunbridge WellsÂ landscape and be anÂ everlasting legacyÂ long after theyÂ have grown up.”
OrganiserÂ Rhiannon HarfootÂ said: “We are reallyÂ encouraged andÂ excited by the initialÂ response. CommunityÂ sponsorship is a key element of our strategy together with applicable grants and fundraising events.”
She said the design for the adventure grounds would create a unique space for children, inspired by the heritage of Tunbridge Wells, in which they would discover a new adventure with each visit.
“Designed by award winning landscape architect and local resident Jennette Emery-Wallis, also responsible for the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens which is renowned for changing the face of play in the UK, the scheme uses the best quality timber play equipment in order to create a long-lasting and highly attractive environment,” she added.
“The town and its children will benefit from a very different play space, designed by one of the leading play designers of our age.”
MP Greg Clarke has offered his support to the project: “The grounds have been a popular place of public recreation for nearly 200 years. This exciting project will give children and families yet another reason to come and enjoy this beautiful park.”
More than 1,000 people attended the Easter Eggstravaganza at Calverley (pictured above) on Good Friday when £3,000 was raised.
The Calverley Adventure Grounds team is part of Friends of Calverley.