Children are making the most of new and improved play equipment following a £100,000 makeover of a popular play park in Arnold.
The Killisick Recreational Ground has received new play equipment, including a 30m zip line, basket swing, roundabout and multi play unit, as well as accessible play equipment such as a wheelchair friendly roundabout, pod swing, play house and more.
The new play area on Coppice Road was officially opened yesterday (October 11) by The Mayor of Gedling Councillor Meredith Lawrence.
Children from Pinewood Infants and Killisick Junior Schools, members of the Friends of Killisick Group, representatives from funding providers FCC, contractors Proludic Ltd and representatives from Gedling Borough Council were also present at the opening.
Improvement works started in September thanks to funding from FCC Communities Foundation, a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by waste and resource management company FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. FCC Communities Foundation will be providing a grant total of £100,000.
The funding bid was made jointly by Gedling Borough Council and The Friends of Killisick, a local residents’ community group who undertook community consultation and identified a strong community need for the project.
Karen Exton and Natalie Drewry from the Friends of Killisick Group said: “We, the Friends of Killisick group, are proud to have been part of this project and it will be wonderful to see the smiles on the children’s faces as they enjoy their much deserved new park”
Councillor Henry Wheeler, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health and Well-being Said: “I’m thrilled to see another park in our borough benefit from refurbishment and new equipment, ready for the local community to enjoy.
“We take great pride in our parks and open spaces, and enhancing these spaces for our residents is a key priority for the council.
“Community funding projects like this can make a huge difference to the local area, and I’d like to thank the Friends of Kilisick for working in partnership with our officers on the funding but, and of course, to FCC Communities for providing funding for this fantastic new facility.
Cheryl Raynor, FCC Communities Foundation Local Grant Manager said: “We are delighted to have supported Gedling Borough Council in bringing this project to fruition. This is an important facility for local people in the Killisick area, and we are pleased to see it open and available to use”.
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