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Play in the Park! - Saturday 16th July 2011

St.James' Park is officially re‑opened!

St.James' Park is officially re‑opened!

Updated: 31st July 2011

On the afternoon of Saturday 16th July, Play in the Park!, FoSJP's first event in St.James' Park since Easter 2010, was a resounding success, culminating in the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Terry Matthews, officially declaring the Park "re‑opened" at a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2.30pm.

There was plenty for visitors of all ages, including a Teddy Bears Picnic; a guided tour of the park and its new features; the FoSJP History display; an exhibition by Sarah Silverstein, the artist responsible for the artwork on the café windows; bottle and sweet tombolas; a penalty shoot‑out competition; making your own kite with Solent Kite Flyers; a free Hog Roast courtesy of Graham Moyse Contractors Ltd, who also organised tennis coaching from former British No.1 Chris Wilkinson; basketball coaching; climbing wall lessons; a Park in a Tin competition; and a homemade cake and refreshments stall.

We're very pleased to report that FoSJP signed up 66 new members on the day, bringing our total membership to over 450 for the first time. The ParkLife Café, which had opened for business just the day before, also did a roaring trade all afternoon.

Here are a few snapshots of a busy afternoon...

Early entries for the Park in a Tin competition

The Parklife Community Room is put to good use

Solent Kites...

...and kite makers

Peace and quiet before
the crowds start to gather

Plenty of home-made refreshments on sale

What is that photographer wearing...?!

Mini Maestros making music

Lucky customer wins haircare product
on Bottle Tombola

Former British No.1 Chris Wilkinson
with two budding tennis stars of the future

Climbing Wall under supervision from James of Rock & Sun

A workout on the outdoor gym equipment

At last: a summer's day in St.James' Park!

Almost a front row seat

The Mayor with one of
our competition winners

The Mayor hoists the red flag...

...now cut that ribbon!

Different generations prepare to cut the ribbon
and declare St.Jame's Park re‑opened

The winning Keep Our Park Tidy sign is unveiled
(sign kindly sponsored by Graham Moyse Contractors Ltd)

The Parklife Café staff
prepare for a busy day

The Parklife Café starts to get busy

Satisified Parklife Café customers

Penalty shootout competition

The Basketball and Tennis Courts

It's business as usual in the Young Play Area...

...but peaceful and quiet in the Games Area

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