Play area improvements in time for the summer

Four local parks are to benefit from almost £350,000 worth of improvements, with work getting underway now and scheduled to finish by the summer.

New facilities including play equipment, seating, outdoor fitness equipment and improved access will be installed at Coppice Park in Mapperley, Seaford Avenue Park in Wollaton, Amesbury Circus Park in Aspley and Arkwright Walk Open Space in The Meadows.

The projects, totalling £346,000 are being funded by FCC Communities Foundation (£268,000) and Nottingham City Council.

  • Coppice Park – This improvement project (£100,000) includes refurbishment of the main play area, removal of the old play area near the Caunton Avenue entrance, installation of outdoor fitness equipment and full replacement of the steps with a hand rail from Caunton Avenue entrance into the main park. 
  • Seaford Avenue Park (£65,000) – The old play area is being fully refurbished to provide a new and exciting play facility for local children. 
  • Amesbury Circus Park (£96,000) – A new coalmine themed play area for toddlers and under 12s is being installed on the open space next to Rosslyn Park School. This exciting new play area has been designed to encourage group play and learning, whilst giving an understanding of history of the area.   
  • Arkwright Walk Open Space (£85,000) – As part of this project, the play area will be completely refurbished. The new play area will include climbing units, swings, roundabouts, trampoline and a basketball hoop and picnic benches. 

Councillor Rosemary Healy, Lead for Parks and Open Spaces, said: “We are delighted that these projects are now starting to take shape. It’s great to see our vision for these vital community facilities moving closer to reality. We are extremely grateful for the funding FCC Communities Foundation has given us and we’re very much looking forward to opening to the public.”

FCC Communities 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.

FCC Communities Foundation grant manager for Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire, says: “It’s always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape. We’re delighted to be supporting such worthwhile projects and look forward to them benefiting the local communities. FCC is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

For more information about FCC Communities Foundation funding contact: grants@fcccommunitiesfoundation.org.uk

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