£80k play area opens...with plans in place to expand

Oldest and youngest pupils at Wrangle Primary School, Connor Clift (11) and Lorelei Dowsett-Marshall (5) jointly cut the ribbon to declare the village's new play area officially open.

Oldest and youngest pupils at Wrangle Primary School, Connor Clift (11) and Lorelei Dowsett-Marshall (5) jointly cut the ribbon to declare the village's new play area officially open.

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Children and parents have celebrated the official openeing of Wrangle’s new play area - thanks to grant donations totalling just over £80,000.

The new play area, on the village recreation field, was opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with pupils from Wrangle Primary School who then enjoyed trying out the new equipment.

The project follows two-and-a-half years of work, including gathering 600 signatures
for a petition, public consultations and securing a grant for £67,000 from Wren.

Money also came in from other sources – £8,000 from the parish council, £5,000 from Wrangle Consolidated Charities and a £500 donation from Coun Peter Bedford from Lincolnshire County Council’s Big Society Fund.

Along with traditional play equipment like swings, the play area features a modern multi-passenger ‘snake ride’.

The area has also been secured with new fencing.

At the opening ceremony parish council chairman Coun George Danby announced this was only phase one of the development of the field.

Phase two would see ‘wellbeing’ fitness equipment for adults installed and phase three would provide a youth shelter, subject to funding.

Parish council clerk Edwina Arnold said the council had worked hard to get to this stage - but that work was still ongoing to secure a £15,000 grant for the wellbeing equipment, and £10,000 for the youth shelter.

l To see photos of the day-to-day progress of work at the park, visit http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/Wrangle/