WHY WE NEED A NEW MASTER PARK PAVILION –
In 1923 Charles Hoskins had the vision that a “piece of land (Master Park) should be laid out and reserved for ever hereafter for the healthy recreation and amusement of the inhabitants of the parish of Oxted”. That vision and need is as relevant now as it was in 1923- but the challenges have changed.
Master Park is NOT owned by the council. We ARE A CHARITY and rely on donations and lettings to maintain this wonderful green space. We are always looking for ways to raise money to cover the ever increasing costs…..for example it costs £10,000 a year just to collect litter!
The new building will enable the Oxted community to benefit from using it and to generate more income which will be used to maintain and enhance the Park.
The existing building was constructed in 1967and is now coming to the end of its physical life. It’s layout means it is difficult for more than one user to occupy it at any one time. This severely restricts income opportunities for the Park and, from the sports clubs’ point of view, it does not comply with current expectations or requirements.
The proposed pavilion has been designed to overcome the current restrictions and provide flexible space enabling more than one user at any one time as well as more use by the community as a whole, and not just the sports clubs.
The design provides 4 self-contained operational spaces. Both the ground floor & first floor lounges can double up as either one or two independently lettable spaces for functions and/or the sports clubs. We have designed space for a small tearoom/cafe which will offer snacks and refreshments to the general public and users of the Park & Pavilion and this, in turn, will generate income for the Park.
Both floors will enjoy specatcular views of the Park via large windows on the ground floor and a balcony on the first floor. The first floor space is available for hire without interfering with any ground floor activities. We envisage bookings for a varitey of pursuits such as Pilates, Yoga, Bridge Clubs, Art Classes, private functions and gatherings. Again, this will provide a vital stream of revenue for the maintenance of the Park.
The development so far has been overseen by a small team of volunteers comprising members of the Master Park Management Committee and the sports clubs. Soon, we will be asking for volunteers with particular expertise in fundraising, construction and interior design. If anybody thinks they would like to help, please contact Pammy McNaughton, Chair of Master Park Management Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07908 014525