Published: Monday, 24th December 2018

Work to install a new play area in Little Ouseburn is set to start in the New Year.

Thanks to more than £70,000 funding from WREN's FCC Community Action Fund, Harrogate Borough Council and Little Ouseburn Parish Council.

There will be new pathways leading to an accessible roundabout, adventure trail, slide, swings, play net and a three-way see-saw. There will also be new seating and picnic tables overlooking the equipment for parents and carers to relax on whilst the children play.

Funding for the project came from a successful application to WREN, who award grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund, along with contributions from the borough council, parish council and Queen Ethelburga's College.

Kompan have been chosen to replace the existing play area that should take up to 6-8 weeks to install and will be officially opened by Easter.

The project was initiated by Friends of Little Ouseburn Play Area which was set up in 2017 by Little Ouseburn residents with help from the council to look at ways of raising funds to improve the park.

Councillor Andy Paraskos, Harrogate Borough Council's cabinet member for environment, waste reduction and recycling, said: “The Friends of Little Ouseburn Play Area have worked tirelessly to raise funds and develop a scheme to bring the community together. We hope that the play area will be ready to use by Easter for all the local children to enjoy.”

Penny Horne, WREN's grant manager for Yorkshire, said: “We're delighted to be supporting the Little Ouseburn play area project and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and young families in Little Ouseburn and the surrounding villages. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we're really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

Charlotte Evans, Friends of Little Ouseburn Play Area: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Little Ouseburn as a place to play and a place to meet each other. It's fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we're really looking forward to our play area taking shape over the next couple of months.”


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