A popular play area in Arnold is to reopen this week following a £124,000 refurbishment which includes a new 2.9 metre slide in the shape of an iconic local landmark.
Work to improve Arnot Hill Park play area in Arnold is due to be completed this week and will be opened by councillors and local school children on Thursday (June 14), at 10am.
The park now boasts a junior and toddler zone, new swings, climbing walls and a 2.9 metre slide in the shape of the iconic Arnot Hill House – which is situated next to the play area in the idyllic surroundings of Arnot Hill Park, Arnold.
The play area was improved thanks to funding from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects from funds donated by waste and resource management company FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
WREN provided £50,000 towards improving the park and has, in recent years, provided a number of grants to improve play areas across Gedling. The funding was granted thanks to a joint bid from volunteers from the Friends of Arnot Hill Park working alongside Gedling Borough Council.
A further £74,000 of funding came from planning obligations of local developers, known as section 106 agreements. The payments are part of a property developer’s obligation to provide a financial contribution where there is development that could lead to the loss of open space.
Local school children from Arnold View Primary School will be at the opening alongside the newly elected Mayor, Councillor Barbara Miller and portfolio holder for parks, Councillor Peter Barnes.
Cllr Peter Barnes said: “We are absolutely delighted that the new play is ready for the young children to use. We have to say a huge thank you to WREN for the funding, they have been brilliant supporters of our borough and this park will be something children can enjoy for many years to come.
“We must also congratulate the Friends of Arnot Hill Park who made the successful bid for the funding. ”
Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s local grant manager says: “It’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to children in the local area.
“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”