Working with Ackworth Parish Council, and close to our factory in Upton, a new £85,000 local play area in Carr Bridge includes both toddler and junior play equipment and was developed following extensive consultation with local children and residents.
Local schoolchildren were invited onto the site at the beginning of the build to help ‘mark out’ their new play area which has increased their sense of ownership of the new playground.
The playground has proved a huge success since opening. Cllr Roy Hirst, Chair of the Playing Fields Committee, said: “You only have to look at how this space has been used since it was completed. Children of all ages from mums and tots to young teenagers fill this place all day long.”
The new play area includes two different spaces. The toddler area is enclosed providing added security for young families, and the junior area maximises the local environment by being positioned around an existing mound. The two areas are connected using a sleeper climbing wall.
The playground was funded following successful applications to Lafarge-Tarmac and WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited, a non-profit making Environmental Body registered to fund profits which are eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund).
Peter Cox, WREN’s MD added: “WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities. The Carr Bridge play area has provided a fantastic opportunity for children and families to get outside, challenge themselves and have some fun.”
Steve Wells from Steve Wells Associates, a local landscape architect who managed the project on behalf of Ackworth Parish Council says: “The play area has been a tremendous addition and has received an overwhelming response from the community, there isn’t a negative point about it.”
“The day we handed the playground over to the Parish Council there were around 20-30 mums with children waiting for us to leave so they could start playing! ”
“It has added real value to the community and has encouraged the creation of the Friends of Carr Bridge Community Group. I believe it will have a positive and lasting impact for families and children for many years to come.”