Time capsules plan for Kirkby’s West Park

.West Park in Kirkby  gets an extra helping hand as the West Park Communit group secure funding to upgrage the park pictured are Mel Grant Chairman and John Baird Founder of the group

.West Park in Kirkby gets an extra helping hand as the West Park Communit group secure funding to upgrage the park pictured are Mel Grant Chairman and John Baird Founder of the group

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A NUMBER of time capsules and six boulders are to be laid at a Kirkby park as part of an ongoing project to create a lasting legacy for the area.

The boulders will be laid at West Park and are expected to be given significant local names such as Ashfield, Greenwood and Summit, while the time capsules will be filled and laid by primary schools in the town.

The project has been organised by the Friends of West Park, who work towards improving the park and boosting links with the local community.

It is hoped the community project will be completed by early in the New Year.

John Baird, group founder, said: “At this point we are not sure where the boulders will be laid, but they will be used as meeting points and placed at various points around the park.

“We will be consulting with children from the local schools and getting them involved with suggesting names for the boulders and filling the time capsules.

“This is a great way of getting the next generation involved and getting them thinking about the park.

“The park is a local park for local people and it is very important to fully consult people about what work we do.

“I will be over the moon when this project is finished.”

The Friends of West Park were formed back in 2002 to transform a derelict wasteland into a new park for the town.

Over the last decade, the group has been responsible for accessing hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding grants to overhaul areas of the park, such as pathways.

Said John: “This was an area that was a total dump when we first started.

“There were abandoned cars and it was used for fly-tipping all sorts of items such as washing machines.

“It was a disgrace really. The group took over the land to make it an area for the town to be proud of.

“The rest is history as they say. Each year we have progressed the park and we just try to do our best for the kids of Kirkby.”

West Park received a £155,000 boost in October to carry out a range of improvements, include a play trail, improvements to the existing BMX track, re-surfacing existing footpaths, providing new picnic benches and bins and improvements to the existing play area.

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 at Ashfield District Council, 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.”