Grangewood Park was abuzz on 19 July as over 200 people gathered for the Big Lunch event, Picnic in the Park, organised by the Friends of Grangewood Park.
Everyone enjoyed the day, enhanced by the sunny weather and community spirit, with many joining the group, providing feedback and recommendations about how the park could be improved.
The event showed off the park and its facilities to great effect, with over 14 free activities for all ages taking place throughout the day in various parts of the park. History and Nature walks explored the whole park; the sports facilities were utilised by Little Kickers, basketball and tennis coaches and even the trees were used by slackliners. The walled cultural gardens provided a wonderful backdrop to face painting, drumming workshops and arts activities, and the grassy area next to the children’s playground was bustling with children enjoying storytelling, Monkey Music and Boogie Mites. Even the dogs were catered for with a dog groomer and dog show in the meadow, with certificates going to six winners in various categories, including Best Young Handler and Best Six Legs!
And of course there was the food – everyone brought a picnic to share and enjoy with friends, family and neighbours.
A big thank you to Meike Weiser, Community Partnership Officer at Croydon Council, and all our members who contributed their time, contacts and cake to make our first event such a success!