Thursday 11th July 2013
A new adventure play area for young children in Chesterfield is being opened by the Friends of Stand Road Park.
The play area will be formally opened by the children from the nursery class of Highfield Hall Primary School and the infants of Gilbert Heathcote School on 22nd July at 11.30 am.
As we reported in our previous story (HERE), the adventure play area, located near the park pavilion, has been funded by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK using money from landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Group Ltd. (www.biffa-award.org).
The Friends Group (www.friendsofstandroadpark.org) are community volunteers working to transform Stand Road Recreation Ground into a community park that will be safe and enjoyable for everyone - and something the community will be proud of.
So far they have successfully completed projects that have provided a multi-use games area, a skateboard park for teenagers as well as a community café in the park pavilion, staffed by volunteers, that opens on Sundays.
Chair of the Friends Group, Graham King, (left) said, "Our community consultation showed that the next priority for improving the park was to install an adventure play area for very young children.
"I am grateful to Biffa Award for providing the funding needed to make this possible. We consulted the children from the nursery class at Highfield Hall Primary School and all of the classes at Gilbert Heathcote Infants School, so we know that the equipment we have put on the park is what the children will enjoy most.
"We are delighted that they will attend the opening event to see their ideas coming to fruition."
Gillian French, Programme Manager for Biffa Award, said, "Biffa Award has been delighted to support this project, which has been led by community volunteers and involved local children.
"Outdoor play spaces are incredibly important; the improved area will be a fun, stimulating and engaging place where children and their parents can meet and socialise."
Under the Landfill Community Fund, 10% of the money awarded for a project must come from a third party contributor.
In this case, the 10% required has been provided by Chesterfield Borough Council's Dunston, Moor and St Helen's Community Forum.
Chesterfield Borough Councillor, Keith Brown, who chaired the Forum, said, "Grants like this enable us to support the efforts of voluntary groups and deliver the council's vision of 'putting our communities first'. I am sure local children will enjoy playing on the equipment."
Landscape Architect, James Jackson, of JPJ Design Partnership designed the play area and oversaw the project.
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