Why This Was Needed

 

  • SportEngland noted only 1 in 9 disabled people take part in any regular activity (2015)
  • 65% of people admitted to feeling uncomfortable around disabled people English Federation of Disability Sport (2016)
  • Over 100,000 people suffering from sight-loss are unable to leave their home due to Anxiety Guide Dogs for the Blind (2014)
  • There are over 200,000 registered disabled people in Hertfordshire
  • Broxbourne has the second highest rate of obesity which leads to inactivity and in some cases sight-loss

Vision 4 Growth have been involved in local activities since 2013.  The Friends of Cedars Park had supported the development of a small sensory garden in the Pets Corner of Cedars Park.  As Vision 4 Growth increased its presence in the area, other disabled people became interested in their projects.

At the end of 2015, Vision 4 Growth began discussions about developing a small plot of ground in Cedars Park.  At the time, it was an overgrown plot of land just outside the old Ladies toilets.  The Council had applied for a grant to develop the old toilets into a community room.

Regular visits to the park showed there were little or no disabled visitors using the amenities.  This is particularly true for people with sight-loss who are more reluctant to visit new area as they often feel excluded from facilities.  This project was designed to encourage more disabled visitors to the park, to explore its accessible walk ways and become more involved with local community activities.

Here is a picture of the original design created with the assistance of one of our volunteers:

Cedars Park bed