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Colwick play area reopens after £100k overhaul

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A popular Colwick play area has reopened after six weeks of renovation work.

Almost £100k has been spent on Colwick Rectory Play Area to improve the site and add new and inclusive facilities. 

The refurbishment includes a wheelchair-accessible roundabout, zip wire, trampoline, a multi-play unit with 17 different features, new swings and more.

PICTURED: Children put the new play equipment through its paces

Funding for the facilities are thanks to 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. In total, FCC Communities Foundation provided a grant of £99,466 for the development. 

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The design and features of the new play area were chosen thanks to help from children from Netherfield Primary School and St John the Baptist Primary School in Colwick, who took part in a consultation with the council to have their say and give suggestions for what they wanted to see at the site.

The funding bid to FCC was made jointly by Gedling Borough Council and Colwick Parish Council. 

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke MBE said: “I’m really pleased to see these improvements completed, the site has undergone an incredible transformation. 

The new facilities here, which were inspired by the creative ideas of local children, are an outstanding addition for our communities, providing an inclusive and accessible space for children to play and learn.

I’d like to thank FCC Communities Foundation, Colwick Parish Council, and all those involved in making this project a success, I’m sure that local families and children will enjoy using these new facilities for many years to come.”

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Alison Nunn, Chair of Colwick Parish Council said:”Colwick Parish Council is really pleased that with the funding from FCC Communities Foundation and the backing from Gedling Borough Council, that we have an incredible updated play facility.

“The children we worked with gave us some brilliant ideas, and they kept reminding us that the play area must be inclusive, we hope we have gone some way to achieving this. Play and imagination are a very large part of a child’s development, and it is important that modern and engaging play areas are freely available for the local community, who also helped us in the bid process, to enjoy all year round.”

Cheryl Raynor, Grant Manager at FCC Communities Foundation said: “We are delighted to have supported the Council in bringing this project to fruition. This is an important facility for the local children, and we are pleased to see it open and available to use”.

For more information about FCC Communities Foundation funding visit www.fcccommunitiesfoundation.org.uk

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