More than just a walk in the park: Shinewater Ideas Walk benefits community

The ‘Shinewater Ideas Walk’ took place on a misty Friday morning of February half term. People with an interest in Shinewater Park in Eastbourne and its diverse marshland habitat joined with local residents and health walkers to explore the park and think about the potential it provides for new activities and events. The guided walked took in the existing facilities, including the playing field, playground, skate park and multi-use games area, before heading for the picturesque lakes, open green spaces, reedbeds and cycling trail. At each stopping place ideas were captured; the amphitheatre as a place for school performance; the lakeside as venue for art and exercises classes; and the wooded areas and greenspaces for forest school and guided bird and nature walks.

Cllr Alan Shuttleworth, Friends of Shinewater Park committee commented that the Shinewater Ideas Walk "produced lots of great ideas for future events and activities in Shinewater Park, including developing a Forest School club, linking up closely with other park groups, and promoting the natural beauty of the park to people from across Eastbourne. We would love to hear from anyone who is interested in joining the Friends of Shinewater Park group.”

To find out more about the Friends of Shinewater Park group, what is happening in Shinewater Park or the ideas generated by the Shinewater Ideas Walk please contact Jo Wunsch, Chances4change, jo.wunsch@3va.org.uk or on 07763 463 431. 

Hosted by 3VA, Chances4change Eastbourne is an asset-based project delivered in 7 areas of Eastbourne. It is funded by East Sussex County Council. The aim of the project is to facilitate an improvement in health and wellbeing through community-led initiatives, using the assets of the area. These assets might be underused physical spaces, such as parks or community venues, peoples skills, expertise and interests. Chances4change works with all members of the community including residents, organisations, institutions, partnerships and networks, to connect, support and develop new community groups, initiatives and projects.