Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities
The Healthy Cities project is funded by Morgan Stanley, PATH started work in April 2015 and the project, which focuses on improving health within an area of Poplar, runs until March 2017.
PATH currently deliver 3 play sessions a week on Lincoln, Burdett and Hind Grove estates, managed by Poplar Harca. Each week we meet more children and parents who are keen to develop play close to where they live.
The project also involves creating two new play spaces. Since the start of the project PATH has been working with residents and Poplar Harca discussing ideas and looking at ways to improve play in the spaces available.
In 2015 children and adults shared their ideas for a new play space on Lincoln estate which resulted in getting a nest swing, trampoline and bench for an under used green space close to children's homes. Additional funding from Tower Hill Trust paid for more lights over the new play space and a new bench in the old play area.
Now we are working on the next space at Hind Grove, which will be completed in March 2017. With 2 small spaces for under 5's in the area the focus is on older children and young people who need to get out and play too!
Hind Grove is rare in that it has a large football pitch, currently run down with no markings the funding will pay for new markings, not just for football but poles and markings for tennis and basketball too.
Children have asked for a trampoline so a sunken trampoline will be installed next to the pitch. The rest of the funding will be spent on playful resources that residents can access so the space can be used for games as well as tennis sessions with Poplar Harca's Community Teams.
Look out for the playworkers playing on the estates every week during term time, Thursdays 3.00 - 6.00pm on Burdett, Friday at Lincoln 3.15pm - 6.15pm and Saturdays 12.00pm - 3.00pm on Hind Grove.
If you are interested in finding out more about the project and to get involved please contact Eleanor Image or call PATH on 0207 729 3306
More on the Healthy Cities project here