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Bestwood Village playground built in memory of teenager who died in road accident to reopen on Saturday after revamp

A children’s playground in Bestwood Village will be reopened on Saturday after being refurbished.

The official re-opening of Andy’s Adventure Playground at Bestwood Country Park will take place at 1pm on Saturday, July 13.

The play area is dedicated to local lad Andrew Maycock, who died in a hit and run accident back in 2000, aged just 16 years old.

The Bestwood teenager had regularly visited the original playground in Bestwood Country Park when alive, but it was later closed because of fears over safety.

Following his death, Andrew’s family and friends decided that it would be a fitting tribute would be to resurrect the playground in his honour. After months of fundraising, a new park was created with adventure trail, wobbly bridge and swing bars.

But 16 years later, the playground was again facing the threat of closure. Certain aspects of the playground were deemed unsafe, and much of the play equipment needed replacing,

His mother, Sue Maycock, spearheaded the project to re-furbish the park in honour of his memory along with support from Friends of Bestwood Park and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Funding was found from the FCC Communities Foundation to refurbish the park.

One of the people attending the opening is Nottinghamshire County Council chairman Cllr Kevin Rostance

Cllr Rostance said, “I am delighted to attend the reopening and rededication of Andy’s Adventure Playground.

I’d like to express thanks to the hard work and efforts of the local community, in particular Friends of Bestwood Country Park and the Maycock family, in securing funding and donations to help refurbish the park for the local community to enjoy.”

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