Improvements for Everyone at Darton Park in Barnsley, South Yorkshire


Significant work costing £190,000 has recently been completed at the park and includes:

New accessible pathways. The local steering group agreed where the new pathways should go liaising with Barnsley Council Parks Services. These have made a massive difference to the Park as all areas are now accessible. Additionally it is hoped that a park run will be developed in the future utilising the new paths. It is also hoped children will use the paths to practice cycling to a safe standard. Soil from the works was also used to add contour to the area which is mostly flat.

Play facilities for older children. The project has added a Multi use Games Area, zip wire, Space net climbing frame and large swing.

The younger children's play area was also extended.

Exercise equipment has been added to encourage residents of the area to be healthier.

8 Picnic benches have also been added to encourage families and people of all ages to spend more time in the park.

A mini woodland area has been developed along with a mini orchard of fruit trees that the community can pick. The woodland trees were under planted by the local primary schools Eco Council who had a fabulous day and are keen to remain involved in any future projects.

Barnsley Council also secured some free trees from Octopus Energy who arranged for Chris Collins the Blue Peter gardener to help the children plant the whips and nurture them until the autumn when they were planted along side the extra heavy standards planted to create the woodland area.

FCC Communities Foundation contributed £99,000 towards the scheme.