Caitlin’s creation spruces up park


A talented young artist has left her mark on Crawley in an extremely colourful way.

Caitlin Parry, of Oriel High School, in Maidenbower, designed a mural which now takes pride of place emblazoned on the side of the neighbourhood’s newest community facility.

Caitlin was among students from Years 7, 8 and 9 who came up with four designs to brighten up the rather drab walls of the Pavilion, in Maidenbower Drive.

The designs were shown to Maidenbower residents in May and, of the 291 votes, 118 favoured Caitlin’s, which was inspired by the nearby play park and nature.

Crawley Borough Council and the students worked together to incorporate residents’ suggestions into the design before setting to work to paint it onto the Pavilion.

As well as Caitlin, the students involved in the mural project were: Megan Backhouse, Bethany Clarke, Zenecca Dalgetti, Jacob Dalimore, Lucy Davison, Charlotte Grahamslaw, Tiegen Horsted, Jack Innes, Teagan Leader, Katie Mason, Jade Matthews, Tyler Murray, Jessica Ong, Ashleigh Pickering, Skye Piper and Scarlet Walker.

Caitlin said: “I really like the way the design has turned out at the Pavilion.

“It is really bright and colourful making the building more interesting.

“I think the design makes the Pavilion and park more appealing and I hope people enjoy the way the design has turned out.

“I would like to thank everyone who voted for my design and I hope you enjoy the mural as we all worked really hard on the designing and painting.”

Cllr Chris Oxlade, Cabinet member for community engagement, added: “The art work is brilliant, I love it.

“It’s made such a big difference to the area and is really well placed opposite the park.”

The mural was unveiled on Thursday (July 10).