Park party to launch play area

A BIG public party is planned to celebrate the launch of a new, £50,000-plus dream play park in Holbeach St Marks.

Tatty old play equipment has been booted out and an exciting range of stainless steel kit is coming in to give children years of fun.

Members of the village hall committee have battled for two years to get the cash to fund new play equipment so families don’t have to travel to Holbeach or Surfleet.

Now they are inviting the whole village to join them for a Picnic in the Park from noon-4pm on Saturday, September 29.

The day will include free packed lunches for children, on a first come, first served basis – and there will be a host of free entertainment including a dog show, music from MK2 Entertainments and face painting.

Village hall social secretary Clair Wooding said: “We are aiming to have something for everyone on the day, but most importantly it will be the first day to try out the new park.”

Youngsters are invited to take along their Teddy bears for a best dressed Teddy competition.

There will also be refreshments, ice creams from Laddies and a bar.

Equipment being installed by Wicksteed Playscapes includes a flymobile roundabout, zigzag twister, running for gold fitness trails, climbing frame, swings and a basket swing and a dinosaur multi-play system.

The old wooden play equipment rotted away and became unsafe.

But the new stainless steel playthings are designed to last for years.

The transformation has been made possible by the waste recycling organisation WREN – which donated the bulk of the £52,000 cash – with top-ups from Lincolnshire County Council and ward councillor Nick Worth, a deputy leader at South Holland District Council.

l If anyone would like a stall on the day – or to get involved in some way – they can contact Mrs Wooding on 01406 422860 or email 01406 422860.