Community co-design: an invitation to help plan projects for Splash Point
We have two exciting events coming up, which will allow Watchet residents to help design the pleasure ground at Splash Point.
The first is a drop-in bring-and-share community meal, enabling people from the town to discuss their ideas on what additions should be made to the public space.
The second is a workshop for local teenagers and the Watchet Community Makers, to co-design a community structure along with architect, Piers Taylor, and with the support of youth worker, Andy Westcott.
The meal, which is open to all, will take place from 6-8pm on Monday 13th November, at The Sanctuary on Swain Street in Watchet.
The workshop, funded by the Youth Social Action Fund and the Courage Family Fund, is open to all Watchet teenagers as well as the Watchet Community Makers. It will take place on Thursday 23rd November, from 6-9pm at the Phoenix Centre on Watchet’s Esplanade.
We know that in order to keep Splash Point looking good, we need storage space to house gardening equipment; we also really need the availability of water and electricity so that gardening projects and events can take place up there.
Meanwhile, we were approached by some teenagers earlier this year, who asked for help in finding a space that they could use to relax and socialise in. We realised that there might be a great opportunity to build a structure up at Splash Point, as a community live build such as we did in 2015 for the pavilion. This time we are hoping that it will be local teenagers who are instrumental in building this structure.
However, what we want to do first is talk to everyone who is interested about what they would like to see up there, and the things they really care about to make sure we don’t miss any great opportunities or important ideas that people might have. We hope lots of people will come along and contribute their ideas and energy into making Splash Point a fantastic place for everyone to enjoy.
Splash Point Pleasure Ground is the cliff top field overlooking Watchet’s marina. It is a community space, now run by Onion Collective. Historically, it was a Victorian Pleasure Ground, designated for recreation, relaxation and the enjoyment of coastal views. It was also an area where events could be staged and even hosted circuses and football matches. Just over 100 years later a large part of the original area has been taken over by coastal erosion, but at approximately half an acre the land is still sizable and has the potential for being transformed into a stunning area of public space.
Onion Collective is now appealing for local people to come and say what they would like to happen up there. There are also plans to put together a ‘Friends of Splash Point’ gardening group, who would meet regularly to maintain the area. This will be much easier once electricity and water are available at the site. An important part of the project is around sharing skills, learning new skills, making new friends and working together as a community.
If you are interested in coming along to the meal, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01984 633496. The event is free and all are welcome. You are encouraged to bring a dish, although this isn’t essential.
If you are a Watchet-based teenager and you would like to be involved with planning a structure up at Splash, please email us at email@example.com or message Sally on 07832 137047. We’d love to hear from you, even if you can’t make the planning workshop. If you’d like to share your ideas with youth worker, Andy Westcott, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 01643 793155. All ideas are welcome, and will be considered.