A park that was on the brink of permanent closure will be reopened today (November 25) thanks to a £38,000 investment from Gedling Borough Council.
The play area on the corner of Carnarvon Grove and Foxhill Road, Carlton was reopened today by the Mayor of Gedling, Councillor Sandra Barnes.
Local school children from Carlton Central Academy were invited to attend the opening to test out the new equipment.
The park closed in July following a spate of vandalism that left it too dangerous to stay open. A decision to close the park indefinitely, on health and safety grounds, was made and discussions took place with senior officers and councillors about the future of the park. The council listened to residents and the local school and took the decision that it would be refurbished rather than close permanently.
Gedling Borough Council has invested £38,000 to improve the park. The old wooden equipment has been replaced by solid steel metal materials, which will last longer and are less likely to be vandalised. The new play area includes new swings, climbing frame, slide, roundabout, rocking horse and a new bench and rubber surfacing.
The Mayor of Gedling, Councillor Sandra Barnes said: “I’m delighted to be opening the refurbished play area. It’s great that the park has been saved and that the local school children have somewhere to play locally. We listened to the residents and made a decision to invest in the park and provide new equipment which will secure the long term future of the park.”