Let's all go down the Dip!
Published by Rob1 for Community Gateway Association in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
The community come out in force at Ingol Dip
Community Gateway Association (CGA) celebrated with residents in Ingol, Preston at the opening of a neighbourhood green space.
Affectionately known as Ingol Dip, this large community area had been used for years as a walkthrough between adjoining neighbourhoods.
The local community came together to decide how this space will be used in the future.
With support and funding from the Big Lottery Fund, CGA, Lancashire County Council and Groundwork, renowned local sculptor Thompson Dagnall was commissioned to provide unique sculptures that reflect the wildlife and habitat to encourage play in and around the area.
Local community group Ingol Community Association (ICA), and local schools Ingol Community Primary School and Holy Family School were invited to come up with plans and suggestions on what they wanted to see happen as part of the redevelopment.
Pupils from both schools got a chance to be a sculptor for the day, as they joined Thompson for a Masterclass, where they created their favourite animals in the landmark structures that will leave a lasting legacy for everyone in the community.
Along with the sculptures the "Dip" now boasts a refurbished play area and landscaping has been created to attract local wildlife.
Speaking at the opening Mr Dagnall said “It has been a privilege to be able to work on this project, I would like to thank all the children who put a lot of thought and effort into creating their designs for the sculptures they were a pleasure to work with”
Gordon Wang, from Ingol Community Association commented “ I would like to thank Thompson and all of the partners here today for supporting this project and bringing Ingol Dip back to life, it is great to see the transformation completed and ready for the community to enjoy.