Youngsters in the North Yorkshire village of Morton-on-Swale will soon be putting their play park at the top of the class when it come to having fun, thanks to a £120,000 revamp of the existing area.
Work is currently under way at the park, where the old and dilapidated play equipment is being removed and replaced with a range of modern, exciting equipment – much of which is suitable for wheelchair users.
The new look playground will include a toddler and junior area, multi-play tower, climbing wall, zip cable, windmill tower and much, much more. There is even an outdoor gym for adults!
Funding for the project has been through a series of grants and bids from the Lottery’s Awards For All programme, Yorventure, Veolia Environmental Trust and Tesco’s Bags for Help scheme. The funding has been secured by a dedicated Play Park Committee who have worked alongside the Parish Council to make the community’s dream come true.
The Council has used some of their Section 106 funding through an agreement with Linden Homes West Yorkshire (formerly Shepherd Homes). Developers are required by the local authority to make a contribution to the community in which they are building.
The company is currently building The Dales development, where Kirsty McGready – an active member of the play park committee – has recently bought a new home.
Kirsty said: “It is very exciting to see the new look playground taking shape and will make such a difference to the whole community – as there will be a place with something for everyone in the hub of our community. We are delighted to have secured the funding for this much needed facility and thanks to everyone who has supported us.”
A Family Fun Day - sponsored by Linden Homes – is being organised for Sunday 21 May at the park to mark its officially opening, where a number of civic and other guests will be attending.
The Fun Day is on between 12 and 4 and is open to everyone. There will be refreshments, stalls, a face painter, bouncy castle, obstacle course and tractors as well as reptiles, owls and bunnies. The Park will be officially opened and there will be the chance for everyone to try out the equipment.
Pat Tennyson, sales manager for Linden Homes West Yorkshire, said: “This is such a wonderful project brought about by so many people and it is a pleasure for us to be able to support it in some way.
“We hope that as many people as possible come along to support the Fun Day and make use the fantastic new play area.”
The Dales offers a stunning range of three and four-bedroom homes, and is perfectly positioned just a stone’s throw from Northallerton, within easy reach for the A1(M) and A19 – ideal for commuters.
The Dales sales and marketing suite is open from Thursday to Monday from 10.30am until 5pm. Alternatively contact the sales team on 01937 862835.
Left to right play committee member Lesley Chambers,
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11 April 2017