New play area in Stapleford


The new Play Area at Hickings Lane Recreation Ground, Stapleford was officially opened last week, following £160,000 of improvements to the site.

Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Janet Patrick officially opened the new play area on Friday 5th July. This follows on from the first phase of the project, which saw a new Multi Use Games Area opened on the site this spring.

The new play area has an accessible rubber surface and features play equipment designed to accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities. The central feature, a steel dome with a suspended rope climbing feature beneath is the star of the show and is complemented by traditional play units, swings, slides, a seesaw, trampoline and basket swing.

The total scheme, including the new games area was funded by a £93,000 grant from FCC Communities Foundation, along with a further £67,000 from Broxtowe Borough Council’s Pride in Parks scheme.

One of the primary users of the park, Stapleford Town Football Club contributed £1,000 towards the project and United Living, the Councils’ Home Modernisation Contractor provided a further £5000 towards the scheme. The football club together with Stapleford Community Group provided valuable support to the funding application in helping to undertake local consultation work

Snacks and refreshments were on sale at the opening event and families were encouraged to come along and try out the new equipment.

Councillor Helen Skinner, Chair of the Leisure and Environment Committee said: “This £160,000 scheme is the most ambitious delivered so far in the Council’s Pride in Parks scheme and I’m really looking forward to seeing families in the Borough enjoy using the new facilities when they are officially opened and for years to come.”

Pictured are members of Stapleford Town Football Club and Stapleford Community Group with the Deputy Mayor of Broxtowe Councillor Janet Patrick (centre in white) and Borough Councillors Helen Skinner, David Grindell, Richard Macrae and Tim Hallam.