Nuncargate Park gets £70,000 facelift

NMAC11-1834-1''The new equipment on Nuncargate Park
NMAC11-1834-1''The new equipment on Nuncargate Park

A PROGRAMME of free events featuring extreme sports and a variety of activities has been organised to mark the £70,000 revamp of a park in Nuncargate.

Work started at the Nuncarate Recreation Ground last winter and the site now provides a BMX track and new play equipment for older children. New paths have been also built and extra trees planted.

Now a host of events, starting Tuesday 26th July and running until 31st August, have been planned.

The event will run weekly and include activities like Zorbing, which is rolling in a giant ball, drumming, and various sporting activities.

Ashfield District Council chairman Coun May Barsby officially opened the park at a ceremony held last week.

She said: “It was a great event and plenty of children turned up for a look.”

“It is a lovely facility for older children, and the younger ones too.”

The work was made possible after Ashfield District Council teamed up with a local community group, Caring About South Kirkby (CASK) to improve the green space and provide more activities for young people.

A £50,000 grant was secured from the Community Spaces initiative with the District Council providing additional funding of £22,500.

Future events include:

Tuesday 26th July: 1-4pm –Extreme Sports theme; with BMX-ing, Body Zorbs, Laser Quest and Sumo suits.

Tuesday 2nd August: 1-4pm – Circus theme; juggling, tightrope walking, Sumo suits.

Tuesday 9th August: 1-4pm- Environment theme; weaving and other crafts, bird box and bird feeder making, balance circus activities and unicycles.

Tuesday 16th August: 1-4pm- Nuncargate Olympics; a chance to try out different sports with local clubs, football competitions, climbing wall, tug of war, Sumo suits.

Wednesday 31st August: 1-4pm – Multicultural theme; drumming, a chance to try DJ-ing, storytelling teepee and more.