Welcome to Friends of Chapeltown Park website
Welcome to Chapeltown Park. We are located 5.6 miles north of Sheffield’s city centre. We have two access points – 1 via Cowley Lane and the other on Station Road S35 2XG (which has a little car park). We have a range of facilities and features that is available for all:
- Playground for younger children.
- An outdoor gym.
- Ancient woodland area.
- Pump track for BMX in the woodland area
- War memorial.
- Bandstand (where we also hold our free monthly events).
- Woodland seating area in our Butterfly Glade.
- Oxley orchard and wildlife area
So why not come and visit our park whether it’s to do a brisk walk, use our gym facilities, have a picnic or just sit and enjoy the views across the park. We are easily accessible by public transport and have a train stop with links from Sheffield, Barnsley and Leeds.
The Friends of Chapeltown Park were formed in 2003 to work with our local authority to try to improve facilities in the park and to have monthly events to encourage people to visit the park.This is after a long period of neglect and under-funding which resulted in Chapeltown park being in a sorry state with only a few bits of a 50 year old playground in a wooden glade which people did not want to visit as they were frightened of possible attacks while walking on overgrown paths.
We helped the Council raise £230 thousand for a brilliant natural playground for young children which was opened in July 2011 and, as it is within easy reach of the middle of Chapeltown, is now firmly established as a meeting place for families and loved by children. We managed to get CCTV installed and our Trustees regularly visit the park so luckily the equipment has not been vandalised.
There are many older children who visit the park who keep telling us that there is nothing for them to do so we have been fundraising to get them an adventure area with a skatepark, MUGA – multi use games area, outdoor gym and a teen “big 6” swing. As Sheffield Council now need groups to pay 5 years maintenance and insurance on all new equipment it has been very difficult to get the funds required for such a large project. We therefore decided to go ahead with the outdoor gym last year to at least make a start and this was opened in September 2015. We hope to progress this teen project in the years to come.
We now have a park which is well loved and which gets lots of visitors.
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