Gabrielle Close Children’s Play Area Officially Opens

‘They’ve built a castle in our neighbourhood and now the knights have arrived!’


L-R – Cllr Salma Mumtaz – Basford Ward Councillor,
and Cheryl Raynor FCC Community Foundation and daughter,
Cllr Linda Woodings – Basford Ward Councillor

Building work is now complete and Gabrielle Close, Basford has a fabulous new play area.

The project, which is being funded by a £40,000 grant from FCC Communities Foundation, will provide a new castle themed play area, a ball court and a graffiti project from local artist, SmallKid design. The project was spearheaded by a campaign by local residents who wanted a new children’s play area to replace their old, tired one, which was unused. The project has also been made possible with funding from the local Ward Councillors.

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L-R: Cllr Linda Woodings – Basford Ward Councillor and Cllr Salma Mumtaz – Basford Ward Councillors , and Cheryl Raynor FCC Community Foundation

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: We are delighted that this play area is now complete.

 “It’s great to see our vision for this vital community facility come to life. We are extremely grateful for the funding that FCC Community Foundation has given us and we’re looking forward to the local residents getting hours of fun from it.”

FCC Community Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cheryl Raynor, FCC Community Foundation grant manager for Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire, says: “It’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to children in the local area.  We are always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

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