|Mayor opens new play area and ball court|
|Wednesday, 29 February 2012 09:40|
A new play area for under-fives and a ball court for older children has been opened at Barons Cross, Leominster.
The latest part of the project was officially opened by Herefordshire County Councillor Roger Hunt on Saturday and the occasion was marked with a celebration cake and the release of balloons by Leominster Mayor Councillor Eddie Clarke.
When the initial project was started in 2009, consultation meetings with residents sought their ideas on what they would like on the field. The Playbuilder Project at that time had granted £57,000 which funded the installation of a state-of-the art climbing frame, zip wire and swings along with other modern play equipment. A great start to their bigger plans.
Since the completion of this first phase in April 2010, the Barons Cross Community Action Group, with support from Marches Housing Association and Herefordshire Council, have been raising funds to make all their other plans a reality.
They aspired to have a play area for under-fives and a ball court for the older children.
The group were offered a Community Spaces Grant and boosted this with their own fundraising.
They had a sponsored walk, the route of which went from the estate on Barons Cross to Sheppards Stores, Upper Hill, in total an eight-mile walk. With donations from the Community Police, Sheppards Stores and the sponsorship, they managed to raise just over £700.
The new play area and ball court are now complete and the Barons Cross Action Group were very excited to open and reveal the park and ball court to everyone who helped them.