£45,000 makeover for Knowle Park

NEAABE110706c1, Knowle park, Swingate.
NEAABE110706c1, Knowle park, Swingate.

A PARK in Kimberley is to be given a £45,000 makeover.

Knowle Park in Swingate will have a full facelift with all new equipment, thanks to a grant from Nottinghamshire County Council.

Pupils at Kimberley Primary School visited the park last year and put forward suggestions of what equipment they would like.

Headteacher Jennifer Porter said she was delighted the grant had been accepted.

“We wanted something that made it comparable to other parks in Kimberley,” she said. “We kept out fingers crossed and when I heard we had £45,000 I couldn’t believe it.”

Cllr Richard Robinson worked with the school, Fundsport and Groundwork to apply for the funding.

He said: “It’s a substantial amount of money and we’re really pleased. The kids wanted more variety and now they are going to get that.”

Barry Cooper from Fundsport said: “It’s a tough pot to get money out of and you don’t just get it on a whim.

“It’s good that the council is still investing in the area. People are still paying their taxes and it’s great we’ve got it.”

The final designs are now being worked on and a meeting will be held on July 18 for the children on the school council to approve the plans.

Fundsport is an organisation that offers extended services to schools and Groundwork is a charity that works on projects to improve the community.

The new park should be open early next year.