Story: Douglas Johnson
In twelve months since the shooting of Jonathan Matondo on Nottingham Rec, there have been community meetings, council meetings, extra police patrols, and a gang strategy. And everyone agreed something should be done in the Park.
Improvements to Nottingham Rec included a new shelter, paid for by the area panel and arranged by the Parks Department in conjunction with Green City Action, the Youth Council and young people in the area.
The Youth Views
Streetworx and the Young Advisors engaged a number of young people’s views and Casper Carr, a local artist and experienced youth worker, was commissioned to create their design. The Young Advisors said,
“The project’s main focus was to brighten up the park and produce meaningful art on the subject of gun and knife crime.It was designed this way as we felt it would be a daily reminder to all young people of some of the consequences of our actions and that carrying guns and knives is not a playground game.”
As the artist said,
“The spray-can art project in Burngreave was the young people’s thoughts on the past events and how they would like to remember their friends and family members who have passed away. The project has proved that there are some very intelligent young people in Burngreave who want to make a change for the greater good.”