12:00pm Sunday 29th April 2012
By William Tomaney
CHILDREN have been enjoying a newly revamped Stourport play area after more than two years of hard work by a community group.
Work to redevelop Wilden Top play area at The Slad began last year after Friends of Wilden Top successfully applied for £50,000 funding from the Groundwork Community Spaces Big Lottery Fund.
The revamped park was completed in February this year and was officially opened at the end of March by Independent Community and Health Concern councillor Jim Parish and the Easter bunny.
The group had spent two years fundraising and consulting with local people before the work started.
Chairman of the friends, Sarah Little, said: “It was a long road, fun at times but lots of hard work. It was well worth it when you see and hear the children on the new play area.
“The old site used to just have teenage boys kicking a ball about now all the children are on there playing and chilling out.
“We would like to send a massive thank you to all those who have helped us along the way with fund raising and even providing free items for the play area.”
The play area was redeveloped after most of the original equipment and fencing was removed, leaving two swings. It now includes traditional play equipment such as swings and slides along with tree trunks and grassy mounds.
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