Community gathers for National Play Day fun

Modelling with play dough at the National Play Day event at Florence Park Chichester. Pictures: Derek Martin DM16132522a
Modelling with play dough at the National Play Day event at Florence Park Chichester. Pictures: Derek Martin DM16132522a

Free activities for all ages were put on in Florence Road Park, Chichester, to celebrate National Play Day last Wednesday.

Hundreds of families took the opportunity to picnic in the park while enjoying the afternoon’s events.

Playtime for the toddlers at Florence Park DM16132509a

Playtime for the toddlers at Florence Park DM16132509a

Mr Bubble Pop filled the park with bubbles, PlayMosaic provided fun activities and Jiggy Wrigglers offered funky music and movement.

Jo Millen, from Florence Park Community Group, said the aim was to celebrate and highlight the importance of children’s right to play and all activities were free.

The event was organised with funding from Affinity Sutton and Chichester District Council’s joint action group to provide an opportunity for parents to play with their children and learn how play need not be expensive.

Jane Haskins, neighbourhood investment officer at Affinity Sutton, said: “The free event encouraged children and families to leave the computer games behind, enjoy the fresh air and try new activities but, more importantly, play as a family.

Alfie Scurr-Osborne, seven, behind the wheel of a police car DM16132486a

Alfie Scurr-Osborne, seven, behind the wheel of a police car DM16132486a

“Even before the event opened, families were turning up in their droves to enjoy the lovely weather, lay down their blankets and picnic on the fantastic park.

“Lots of faces were painted, hundreds of ice creams were eaten and loads of fun and laughter was had by parents and children alike.”

Florence Park Community Group, which aims to develop the park into a community facility that meets the needs of the area, used the opportunity to consult with residents about its future and will use responses to plan priorities.

Affinity Sutton, which runs evening Door-step sports sessions in the park, recruited 30 new young people to take part in the free sessions, provided by Everyone Active.

Ellie Ewins, seven, and brother Harry, six DM16132494a

Ellie Ewins, seven, and brother Harry, six DM16132494a

Jane added: “It was great to see the whole community coming together.

“We had councillors being pirates, Jo, Leslie and Maria from Florence Park Community Group supporting the whole event, the local police, Jon and Carol the community wardens and Charles Avenue Residents Engagement Group even joined in by providing craft activities.”

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