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Work begins on long-awaited £100,000 facelift for Arnold play park

An Arnold play park will soon receive a long-awaited £100,000 facelift.

Refurbishments, an extension and installation of new equipment are all coming to the popular Muirfield Road Recreation Ground in Arnold.

The full funding has come 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 as well as contributions from local residents group, Warren Hill Action Group.

Works on the play park begins today (October 7) and are expected to be completed by the end of November.

New equipment includes a viper rope swing, 30m Zip Line, Disability Access Roundabout and 5m tall multi climbing unit with slide.

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 FCC Communities Foundation for a multi-use games area at the park which was opened in 2017.

PICTURED: An illustration of the new play area at Muirfield

Portfolio Holder for Environment, Councillor Peter Barnes said: “It’s great to see the works starting, there are some fantastic new facilities planned for the site, and it’s something I’m sure will be enjoyed by the local residents for many years to come.

“A huge thank you to the Warren Action Group for all the work they’ve done alongside council officers, and who have contributed to the costs, and of course, to FCC Communities Foundation who have granted the funding and worked closely with us to make this happen.”

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Cheryl Raynor, FCC Communities Foundation’s local grant manager said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Muirfield Road Playground Development project and pleased that work is starting on site.

Sue Jablonskas, from the Warren Action Group said: “We’re really pleased with the comments and support of both FCC and GBC at this, the final stage of our three year project to improve facilities on the Murifield Road recreation ground. The new play facilities are much needed and eagerly awaited by children and families in the area.

“We anticipate the new facilities will be ready by the end of November, but our other planned events, such as our annual firework display next month, will still be going ahead on the site during the works.”

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