Interim Survey Results – Improving Buckstone Play Park

Introduction
Many thanks to everyone one has responded to my survey regarding Buckstone Play Park and the potential to improve it. I’d hoped to get 100 responses, but after just one week I have 201. Fantastic!

My wife and I have lived in Buckstone since 2000, and both our kids (now 17 & 22) grew up loving the play park here (and the one in Fairmilehead Park). Since then, the park has been expanded and should last a few more years. There is a feeling, however, that it is now a little dated. Lockdown has highlighted to us all how important parks are, and over the past year many local parents and grandparents have contacted me asking if Buckstone’s play park can be improved. It is within than context that I drafted the survey.

It is important to note that I only want to use the survey to understand what people want. It is not a referendum, and I am hopeful that if we can improve the park we can reach an outcome that everyone is happy with!

Interim Survey Results
In this section of the blog I hope to run through some of the key outcomes from the survey so far.

Most people responding came from within Buckstone and the surrounding area. (Note – The marks don’t point to the homes of individual homes of respondents, but highlight the general postcode area)
Although some people thought the play park is fine, most people felt there was a need to improve it. Most felt more provision was needed for children aged 5-10.
Where suggestions for improvements were concerned, there was no shortage of ideas. Many people drew inspiration from parks elsewhere.
In terms of provision for older kids, people were most supportive of a MUGA and a skatepark. “Other” options included everything from a climbing frame to golf nets and BMX/MTB course.
Although some people raised concerns, most people were open to expanding the park by using the area to the west.

Overall, I think that it is clear that there is an appetite for change. I shall leave the survey running for a few more days whilst I start the process of setting up a meeting with local residents in the park team to consider this further. If you have not completed or share the survey, please think about doing to now. You can find it here.

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