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Let’s Shape the Future of Grant Thorold Park!

East Marsh United is proud to present a day of fun at Grant Thorold Park to kick off our Friends of the Park group!

We can’t wait to engage with our community after a long time away and gather views on how our residents would like to shape Grant Thorold Park for the future.  

What is it? ‘Introducing Grant Thorold Park’ is a fun day filled with activities and a chance to decide the future of our local park!
Where is it?
In Grant Thorold Park itself, on the East Marsh.
When is it?
Saturday 25th September, 10am to 2pm

What’s on?

We’ve lined up a range of activities for children and adults on the day, including music, art and a FREE tombola with a chance to win prizes! Here’s what you can expect –

  • Arts & Crafts – come and draw your house with Sarah from the Sun and Moon Festival.
  • Nature trail – pick up your tree trail and find out about all the trees in our park. Also – fancy doing your own tree rubbing? Artist Steve will be there to show you how.
  • Graffiti art lessons – Lyns Powles will be there showing you how graffiti art works and giving you a chance to have a go.
  • Outdoor games – activities and games to keep you moving and having fun.
  • Ice cream – we don’t need to say anymore about that!
  • Stalls – plenty to browse. 

We’ve also got LIVE MUSIC – remember that? We’ve got three great local bands to entertain you!

  • Blessing – joyful gospel music to lift your spirits.
  • Indigo Bay – a fabulous up and coming young band.
  • MAK – a fine three-piece performing a mix of great originals and popular covers.

Josie and her friends will also be leading a pop-up choir around 11am – so come and have a sing! If you like it, you can sign up for some autumn singing sessions with the East Marsh Peace Choir.

Who else will be there?

We’ll be welcoming many of our friends to the park so you can have a chat with loads of people doing great things in our area, including our emergency services, ward councillors, the Shalom Youth Team, Together for Childhood and many others. You can get information about jobs and services and there’ll be a proper chance for you to have your say about the park and its future. 

We’re also delighted that our friends from Shared Assets will be joining us on the day. They’re a fantastic organisation that helps communities look after areas of land in a sustainable way. Louis wants to talk to you about how you see the park changing over the coming years.

Anything else I need to know?

Grant Thorold Park has the potential to be a great space for the community to use and take pride in. We want to invite you to participate in the development of the park so it can become a valued community space for many years to come – all you need to bring are your ideas!

Everyone on the East Marsh knows the park is really special. Here are some of the things Proud East Marshians have said about the park and what they’d like to change and improve –

Make the park prettier. New flower beds, better signage and the restoration of original features, such as the bandstand and main entranceway.

Better sporting facilities. A revamped five-a-side pitch, upgraded basketball court and new places for other sports and games.

Accessibility and maintenance. General upkeep of the children’s playground, repaired footpaths and more seating areas.

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Frequent litter picking and regular inspections.

Enhanced security. A brand new boundary fence, night-time gates and improved lighting.

More events and occasions. Organised activities such as outdoor plays, screenings, arts and crafts, lectures and community festivals.

So bring your friends and family along to be part of this exciting day where we can plan the future of our park – together!

See you there!

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