Community swings into action to improve park

Old Leake play area being opened after a �80,000 referb.'Children on new play equipment.
Old Leake play area being opened after a �80,000 referb.'Children on new play equipment.

THE community in Old Leake has been busy swinging into action to improve the village play area.

The revamp at the playing field site – costing £67,500 – was officially opened last week, with the Mayor of Boston Coun Mary Wright getting fully into the spirit by trying out the new equipment.

Children from the village played a big part in the project, with them effectively putting together a wish-list of what they would to see at the park, including swings and a zip wire. Exercise equipment has also been installed, perfect to help the more mature members of the community in shape, while keeping an eye on the children.

The youngsters became so involved in the project they even helped plant up areas to separate the older children’s play area from the toddlers’.

The parish council has thanked all of the villagers who helped develop the park and picked up spades to plant trees and shrubs.

Joanne Doughty, parish council clerk, said: “The council led on the project, but there has been input from all and it has been a community event.”

The cash for the improvements came from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental), which donated £37,500, Lincolnshire County Council’s Playbuilder fund, £20,000, and £10,000 from the parish council.