Several revamped areas have opened in Woodthorpe Park after over £100k of improvements were carried out at the popular park.
The works, carried out by the Nottingham City Council parks and neighbourhood teams, have been funded jointly by FCC Communities and Nottingham City Council, following extensive consultation with park users, the friends group and local residents.
One of the main improvements is an enlarged play area with new equipment, including a slide and more swings, suitable for toddlers and junior school aged children. Other improvements include:
- The areas underneath play equipment have been resurfaced to improve their appearance, maintenance, and usability all year round
- The surfacing next to the café and play area has also been upgraded, to allow the area to be used all year round
- New picnic benches have been installed beneath trees
- A new enclosed dog free seating area has been introduced next to the café, complementing an open area on the other side of the café with bistro tables and chairs which is ideal for dog walkers
- A new trim trail style gym has been installed, inspired by the Woodthorpe regular runners and exercisers.
FCC Communities provided £80,000 of grant funding, with the City Council contributing £35,000 from capital funding.
Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “We are so pleased to have been able to respond to feedback from the public to improve Woodthorpe Park in this way. We are very grateful to FCC Communities Foundation for their support and contributions which have helped our teams to make this happen.
“Woodthorpe is one of our many Green Flag Parks in the city and we are keen to make sure this standard is upheld by constantly reviewing and improving our services and experience for visitors. I really hope the community enjoys the improved space and amenities we have created for them.”
Cheryl Raynor, Grant Manager from FCC Communities Foundation Ltd said: “It’s great to see the playground once again looking great and ready to be used by the local community, the enhancements are fantastic. FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”
Councillors and guests at the opening at the park:
Cllr Lauren O’Grady
Cllr Adele Williams
Cllr Zafran Khan
Cheryl Raynor, Grant Manager from FCC Communities Foundation Ltd
FCC Communities Foundation awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.
Previously known as WREN, FCC Communities Foundation was established in 1997 and has provided over £250m to more than 7,500 projects across the UK.