Work is now underway on a £100,000 makeover of a park in Arnold to revitalise its playground area.
The Killisick Recreational Ground in Arnold will be refurbished with new equipment, including 30m zip line, basket swing, roundabout and multi play unit, as well as accessible play equipment such as a wheelchair friendly roundabout, pod swing, play house and more.
Works at the park are expected to be completed by the end of October.
Improvements can be made thanks to funding from FCC Communities Foundation, a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by waste and resource management company FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. FCC Communities Foundation will be providing a grant total of £100,000.
The funding bid was made jointly by Gedling Borough Council and The Friends of Killisick Park, a local residents’ community group who undertook community consultation and identified a strong community need for the project.
Cheryl Raynor, FCC Communities Foundation grant manager for Nottinghamshire said;
“It’s always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape. We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project and look forward to it benefitting children across Nottinghamshire.”
Councillor Henry Wheeler, Chair of the Killisick Localities Initiative said: “In September 2019, myself and Councillor Marje Paling brought local residents together by holding an afternoon tea event to discuss how to get funding for new play equipment at Killisick Playground.
That initial meeting led to the formation of the Friends of Killisick group, and now two years on from that event, it’s fantastic to see that the hard work of Friends of Killisick has paid off and work will begin on Killisick Recreation Ground to replace the old play equipment.
This will be fantastic for the health and wellbeing of children who I am sure will love the new play area.”
Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Michael Payne said” “I’m excited to see that works have started at the site, and cannot wait for this new facility to open for our residents to enjoy.
“A key priority for the council is to enhance our parks and open spaces and provide an attractive environment that local people can enjoy, and by working closely with local community groups and funding providers we’ve been able to achieve that here for the community in Killisick.
“I’d like to thank the Friends of Killisick Park for working with us on the funding bid for this new play area and to FCC Communities for providing the funding for what is sure to be a fantastic addition for the borough.”