A new-look park in Arnold with an added 30-metre zip line was officially reopened to the public today (November 28).
The Muirfield Road Recreation Ground has been revamped using £100,000 in funding from FCC Communities Foundation as well as contributions from local residents group, Warren Action Group.
At the official unveiling, Deputy Mayor of Gedling, Councillor Meredith Lawrence was invited to come along and cut the tape. He was joined by pupils from Warren Primary Academy and members of the Warren Action Group, who put the new play equipment through its paces.
The new equipment in the play area includes a viper rope swing, 30-metre zip line, disability access roundabout and 5 metre tall multi-climbing unit with slide.
Gedling Borough Council and the Warren Action Group, a local residents group, made the joint funding bid for the improvements.
The group have been working and campaigning since 2015 to revitalise the playground area at Muirfield Road Recreation Ground. They have so far received over £164,000 in grants and funding from various sources including FCC Communities Foundation, Gedling Borough Council, Nottingham City Homes and Nottinghamshire County Council. They were awarded £48,000 for a multi-use games area, installed in 2017, and £16,000 for an outdoor gym installed in November 2018.
FCC Communities Foundation are 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.
Deputy Chief Executive of Gedling Borough Council, Mike Hill said: “This is a fantastic new facility that will be welcomed by local residents.
“As part of our council plan, we are investing in local parks and play areas to enhance them and create a more attractive local environment that people can enjoy.
“We would like to thank FCC Communities for the funding and the Warren Action Group for working with us to successfully apply for the funding.”
Cheryl Raynor, FCC Community Foundations local grant manager said: “We are delighted to have supported the Borough Council and the Action Group with this fantastic project, they have worked extremely hard over the past four years to transform the park and provide a space for children and families to have fun together.
She added: ” FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”
Sue Jablonskas, from the Warren Action Group said: “The new park looks fantastic and I am sure will be well used by the local children and young people.
“This marks the third and final part of WAG’s project to improve the facilities on the Muirfield Road Recreation Ground. We are grateful to everyone who has supported our work on this since 2015 and on behalf of our local community we thank FCC Communities Foundation for their funding.”