Haw Hill Park play area officially opened

16/10/2017, PR8668

Haw Hill Park play area

A new play facility at Haw Hill Park in Normanton has been officially opened after getting a £70,000 investment boost.

The old play area has undergone a full refurbishment and now includes an enchanted multi-play unit for toddlers, a climbing unit for older children, swings, springies, a sea-saw and round-about, as well as new safety surfacing, seating and bins.

Wakefield Council invested £20k in the project, with £50k coming from WREN through their FCC Community Action Fund. WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Wakefield Council worked with Normanton Town Council and the Friends of Haw Hill Park to ensure the new play area met the needs of the local community.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, Cllr Maureen Cummings, said: “This is great addition to Haw Hill Park and gives families yet another reason to come and enjoy their local park. I am delighted that Wakefield Council, in partnership with WREN, has been able to fund a great project for the people of Normanton to enjoy.”

Ward councillor, Cllr Elaine Blezard, said “What a fantastic new facility for the kids and their families to enjoy. The play equipment looks great and the new surfacing and pathway make it very accessible.

“This is just the start as we have more improvements planned for Haw Hill Park. Wakefield Council, Normanton Town Council and the Friends Group are now working to provide items of outdoor fitness equipment and a trail around the park, which should be installed ready for the spring of 2018.”

The play area was officially opened by the Mayor of Normanton, Cllr Steven Hudson, who was joined by local councillors and children from Normanton All Saints School, St John’s Catholic School and Normanton Common First School.

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