A park in Kimberley that has just benefited from a £180,000 facelift was officially opened by children and councillors last week.
Pupils from Gilthill Primary School and Holywell Primary School attended and took part in the ‘successful’ opening of the new-look Stag Recreation Ground on Nottingham Road.
The park regeneration project has been finally completed after two years’ planning and extensive consultation, and children from the schools were first to use it.
Lisa Brown, a spokeswoman for Kimberley Town Council, said that the children loved the opening event.
She added: “They were able to open up all the new equipment and they definitely enjoyed it, although some of them went a bit mad on the roundabout!
“The weather was kind as local councillors and people from the bodies who contributed to the cost of the park were present to witness the school children untying the ribbons on the equipment.
“A number of the children also spent time planting in the new wild flower area. It was a really successful day.”
Children also contributed prior to the park opening, as they were involved in consultations on the layout, design and choice of play area.
The park has benefited from 15 brand new pieces of equipment after funds were gathered from various different sources.
A total of £50,000 was received from WREN and its donor landfill operator FCC and £25,000 came from Veolia Environmental Trust.
£50,000 also came from the Nottinghamshire County Council Local Improvement Scheme and £35,000 was sourced by Broxtowe Borough Council.
Speaking of the funding, Mike Snell, the external affairs general manager from FFC, said that the body is all about helping people to improve their communities in a sustainable way.
He added: “The funding for the park has created a real hub for the local community to come together.
“We hope that many people in Kimberley will enjoy it for years to come.”
Councillor Ian Wilson from Kimberley Town Council said that the state of the art play area is a magnificent jewel in the Kimberley crown.
He added: “This park will be a thoroughly modern 21st century play facility for the people and children of Kimberley to be proud of, and to enjoy.”