Brabner Park Recreation Area

Community and Young People

The Brabner Park play area provides a recreation area for a large community in the east of Folkestone, but by 2008 much of the equipment was broken and looking tired. Two local girls, Nadine Gallagher and Kirsty McGovern, 15 and 14 at the time, approached The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust with ideas for improvements that could help make the play and recreation area more attractive and have more appeal to young people in the neighbourhood. As representatives of the East Folkestone Youth Council, they had already harnessed the support of local residents and Shepway District Council, who bid for funds from The Big Lottery Fund. Other partners came forward to provide funding, including Kent County Council, Folkestone Town Council and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund. This showed the value of local organisations working with each other and with the local authorities to increase opportunities for play and recreation in the area to achieve worthwhile results.

The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust made a donation of just under £25,000, specifically to provide the goal ends (see picture) and the teen shelter, both made of durable materials that would be weather proof and resistant to vandalism.

The new Brabner Park was officially launched in July 2009.