A Preston park is to get a new ‘four-way rocker’ for its toddler play area.Advertisement
Levensgarth Park in Fulwood is subject to renovation work and the community association behind the project has received additional funding.
Preston North East county councillor Keith Sedgewick has approved £596 to the Sharoe Green and Sherwood Community Assocation.
The group, chaired by Nigel Parker, represents hundreds of households in the Sherwood area of the city.
They write in an application form: “The focus so far has been on attending to drainage problems, undertaking landscaping, creating flower beds and installing a junior play area.
“It has to be said the project has been spectacularly successful; where once there was a boggy piece of derelict land there is now an excellent facility well-used by the local children.
“We would now like to create a play area for the younger children; a toddler area is needed in order to make the park an inclusive ‘whole-family’ facility.
“The proposed play area will be adjacent to the junior one, so that families with children of ages spanning both groups – the two year old and the ten year old – can simultaneously enjoy age-appropriate play equipment.
“Currently parents and children have the expense and inconvenience of travelling several miles to access suitable toddler facilities.”
Nigel Parker said on receiving the funding: “We are delighted to receive this grant and to be able to purchase the first piece of equipment for the latest phase of the Levensgarth Park project. This is the addition of a toddler play area which we hope will complement the highly successful junior play area that was completed last year. The re-vamped facility came about after three years of extremely hard work by the Sharoe Green & Sherwood Community Association and is proving a fantastic success.
“We are always trying to raise funds through our own events and initiatives and we are currently also chasing grants at national level. This particular contribution of the County Council Local Member Grant – which is to be used to purchase a 4-Way rocker piece of apparatus – is very welcome indeed as it keeps that momentum going.”
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The work on Levensgarth Park has been the result of a four year campaign by parents lobbying Preston City Council to provide a green space.
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