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£100,000 cash boost to give Arnold play area a new lease of life

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£100,000 of funding aims to give one of Arnold’s play parks a new lease of life.

The Muirfield Road Recreation Ground in Arnold will be improved thanks to funding from WREN, 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.

WREN will be providing a grant total of £89,250 and the Warren Action Group, a local residents group, will providing the required match funding of £10,750 making a total of £100,000.

The funding bid was made jointly by Gedling Borough Council and the Warren Action Group, a local residents group. The group have been working to revitalise the playground area and previously received £48,000 from WREN for a multi-use games area which was opened in 2017.

Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s local grant manager said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Muirfield Road Recreation Ground Development project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for young people.

“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

Sue Jablonskas, from the Warren Action Group said: “It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our new play facilities taking shape over the next few months. It will encourage children and young people in the area to be physically active.

This is the third and final phase of our project to improve the facilities available on the Muirfield Road Recreation Ground and will provide a real boost to the people in the area. We are grateful to the officers of Gedling Borough Council who have supported us with this joint application and we are continuing to work closely with them to achieve the best value possible for the money that has been awarded. ”

Gedling Borough Council Parks Development Officer, Jane Richardson said: “This is fantastic news and I’d like to thank the Warren Action Group for all the work they’ve done alongside the council officers to get this funding and, of course, to WREN who have granted the funding.

“The money will make a huge difference to the place and the refurbishment and extension will be fantastic for the people using the park and we hope it will encourage more people to use the facilities and improve their fitness and health.”

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