Children in Swineshead released balloons to celebrate the £91,000 regeneration of their village park – just in time for the summer holidays.
A party in the park was held to mark the opening of the new play facilities – the result of almost two years of fundraising by the residents’ SWING Committee, established by Swineshead Parish Council.
The project to renovate the play facilities began two years ago when the council was approached by residents who were concerned that current facilities were outdated, boring and in desperate need of refurbishment.
Residents were also concerned that parents were choosing to take their children to play areas in neighbouring villages and so were not being encouraged to play together and form friendships.
The main aim of the project was to encourage friendships between children and, ultimately their families, in order to break down social barriers and regain Swineshead’s village ethos.
The play area, planned in consultation with parents and children, is modern, up-to-date and innovative.
It caters for all ages, and those with physical and sensory disabilities. As well as traditional play equipment, there is an outdoor gym area for adults, a sensory garden and aesthetic landscaping.
Swineshead Parish Council hope that the new facilities will encourage people from outside of the village to visit, too.
Cash for the park has been raised through various grants, donations and events.
Money came fromWREN £73,000; ASDA Foundation: £6,450; Local companies (Grimme, Doubledays, Kia Motors, KMB, Langwiths) £5,750; Coun Mike Brookes (Big Society Fund) £650; Lincolnshire Police Commissioner Grant £1,000; Lincolnshire Playing Fields Association £200; Butlers Charity £700; Local Fundraising (SWING Committee): £2,150; Swineshead Primary School fundraising: £1,650.
Natalie Grant, of the SWING committee, said: “We can’t believe how supportive our local (and wider) community have been. We started out just over two years ago with an impossible task ahead of us.
“We thought we’d be looking at a five to six year project. Needless to say, we are most grateful to WREN who awarded us a massive £73,000 in the early days, but we are very thankful to ALL of our sponsors.”