New play park now in full swing in Edingley
A new community and children's park is now in fully open thanks to a County Council scheme supporting community projects, backed by local residents and Edingley Parish Council.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme allocated £18,000 to the new £36,000 project to create a new play area at the front of the Edingley Old Schoolroom, complete with new play equipment including a wooden ship with slide, an infinity bowl and balancing beam.
Edingley Parish Council match-funded the project thanks to the pre-pandemic, fund-raising efforts of local residents which included local children washing cars as well as various local events and pub quizzes.
The Park was opened by Alf Hall, who at 99 is the village's oldest resident, as part of a socially-distanced event
Councillor John Handley, Vice Chairman of the Communities & Place Committee, said:
“ In these tough times, it is heartening to see a new park opening which is already proving to be a firm favourite among local children.
“I’m impressed with the fund-raising efforts of local residents which last year helped to match-fund this fantastic project.
“A special thanks goes to Mr Hall, who at 99 is a true inspiration and has shown his community spirit by officially opening this park which will be enjoyed by future generations.
“This is a great example of how the Local Improvement Scheme is continuing to help residents and improve communities.”
Edingley Parish Council Chair Diana Poole commented:
“We are delighted that the new Community and Children's Park is now opened. The Park was blessed by Reverend Mary Foden Currie, with our oldest resident Alf Hall, aged 99, doing the honours by officially opening the park
“Once opened, local children were seen playing on the equipment until it became dark!”
Councillor Bruce Laughton, County Councillor for Muskham & Farnsfield, said:
“I’m very proud of the way Edingley residents really pulled together to raise the money to help deliver this much-needed new play park. I am delighted to have supported the project by recommending it for Local Improvement Scheme funding. After the difficult year we have had, it’s lovely to have a bit of good news and see local children out and about enjoying the new play facilities.”
Laura Hill, Parish Councillor and Edingley resident added:
"The new playground is wonderful. it's just what the families in the village needed. My daughter was so excited to see all the equipment and can't wait to spend more time there. I especially like how it is all enclosed and feels very safe.
Also, it has felt like a real village achievement, having seen all the pledges from families decorating the fences"