Newark: Play park in Edingley in full swing thanks to Nottinghamshire County Council and residents
A new community and children’s park is now in full swing.
The park in Edingley has opened thanks to a county council scheme, backed by residents and Edingley Parish Council.
The £36,000 play area, at the front of the Edingley Old Schoolroom, features equipment including a wooden ship with slide, an infinity bowl and balancing beam.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme gave £18,000 towards the project, which was match-funded by the parish council thanks to residents’ fundraising efforts, which included children washing cars and pub quizzes.
The park was opened by the village’s oldest resident, 99-year-old Alf Hall at a socially-distanced event.
Parish council chairman Diana Poole said: “We are delighted that the new Community and Children’s Park is now open. It was blessed by Rev Mary Foden Currie, with our oldest resident, Alf Hall, doing the honours by officially opening the park.
“Once opened, children were seen playing on the equipment until it became dark.”
Bruce Laughton, local county councillor, said: “I’m very proud of the way Edingley residents really pulled together to raise the money to help deliver this much-needed new play park.
“I am delighted to have supported the project by recommending it for funding. After the difficult year we have had, it’s lovely to have a bit of good news and see local children out and about enjoying the new play facilities.”
Laura Hill, parish councillor and resident, said: “The playground is wonderful. It’s just what the families in the village needed.
“My daughter was so excited to see all the equipment and can’t wait to spend more time there. I especially like how it is all enclosed and feels very safe.
"Also, it has felt like a real village achievement, having seen all the pledges from families decorating the fences”
John Handley, vice chairman of the county council communities and place committee, said: “ In these tough times, it is heartening to see a new parkopening which is already proving to be a firm favourite among local children.
“I’m impressed with the fund-raising efforts of local residents whichlast yearhelpedto match-fund this fantastic project.
“A special thanks goes to Mr Hall, who at 99 is a true inspiration and hasshown his community spirit by officially opening this park which will be enjoyed by future generations.
“This is a great example of how the Local Improvement Scheme is continuing to help residents and improve communities.”