Kirkby’s West Park set for £155,000 revamp after campaigners secure funding boost
Work is set to begin on a £155,000 transformation of West Park thanks to the hard work of local campaigners, supported by Ashfield District Council’s Landscape Team.
During the last year to 18 months the West Park Community Group has undertaken a series of consultations events with local schools in the vicinity of the park supported by the Landscape Team at Ashfield District Council.
Funding is now in place to begin the long anticipated improvement works at West Park. Designs have been produced with input from the local schools and West Park Community Group.
The improvements include a play trail, improvements to the existing BMX track, re-surfacing existing footpaths, providing new picnic benches and bins, creating play mounds and a balance trail, improvements to the existing play area, implementation of new play and youth equipment and tree and bulb planting.
The project was part funded through a £49,999 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces Programme, managed by Groundwork UK, a £74,981 grant from WREN and £30,000 section 106 funding, secured from housing developers by Ashfield District Council.
Coun Steve Carroll, portfolio holder for regeneration, culture and housing said: ”The much needed improvements at West Park will provide a great place for the children within the local community to play and also provide somewhere for families to spend time together for many years to come.”
The funding grant from the Community Spaces Programme is the fourth such award that has been allocated to parks and open spaces in the district of Ashfield since the programme was launched in March 2008. This has resulted in a total allocation of nearly £200,000 over the last 4 years providing a major financial boost to local green spaces within the district.
The funding grant from WREN is the second time the organisation has provided funding to West Park. A grant of £30,000 was awarded in 2008 which part funded the installation of the Multi-Use Games Unit (MUGA). This latest funding grant means that WREN’s overall financial contribution to West Park has reached a total of nearly £105,000. This second, and significantly larger, funding allocation demonstrates WREN’s continuing support and commitment to helping the West Park Community Group to delivery important improvements to West Park.
WREN’s support and commitment to improving parks and open spaces are further demonstrated by the allocation of £72,000 contribution towards a new improved skate park at Sutton Lawns and a further allocation of £49,000 contribution towards play improvements at Westwood Rec.
These three funding grants have resulted in a total of nearly £196,000 of WREN funding being allocated within the district of Ashfield in 2012.
The awarding of the funding to West Park and Sutton Lawn Skate Park are the first two projects in Nottinghamshire to benefit from the increased funding threshold that applicants are now able to apply to WREN for under the main grants scheme increasing from £50k to £75k in 2012.
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