Dagenham mother wants to raise £20,000 to renovate 'tired' Valence Park
PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 July 2018
A Dagenham mum is trying to raise £20,000 to make over Valence Park.
Lisa Adams, whose children attend Valence Primary School, has been bringing her son and daughter to the park since they were babies, but when she came with her local playgroup about two years ago, she noticed the equipment was worn and had parts missing.
With the help of charity Community Resources, she began raising money to have the park renovated.
“I just thought people deserved better,” she said.
“My kids learned to ride their bikes here, I used to walk them in their buggies and they’d look up at the leaves.
“The park gets really busy and is used lots, but it’s not a nice space at the moment.”
Lisa’s received £75,000 in grants from London Sport, The Urban Sports Group and Barking and Dagenham Council, but she’s looking to the public for the final £20,000.
Plans include a new basketball court, yoga space and gym equipment, and instead of having adults on the gym, children on the playground and teenagers on the basketball court, she wants to see it more integrated.
London Sport’s Matt Roebuck, who helped with funding bids, said: “It’s about turning this area into a space which whole families are comfortable using.
“Instead of signs saying ‘no ball games’, we want signs directing people to this playground – we want to involve the community in this area.
“If people are part of the crowdfunder, they’ll feel like they’ve contributed, and they’ll take pride in the park.”
Lisa, who moved to Dagenham from Hornchurch 12 years ago, has spoken to more than 350 people about what they’d like to see in the park, and in April, she held a ‘fun day’, where residents were invited to give feedback on the designs.
Last week, she held an event in the park with Barking’s MP Margaret Hodge, councillors from Valence House ward, and children from Valence Primary School. They handed out oranges with stickers on them, advertising the Love Valence Park Facebook page.
“It’s a perfect example of community activism,” Ms Hodge said.
“While we didn’t have the funding to give, we promised our support.
“It’s a fantastic campaign.”
To donate, visit crowdfunder.co.uk/lovevalencepark.