Vandalised park needs help to re-open

Wyberton playing fields - children's play area closed amid safety fears, following vandalism - closed signs on the padlocked gate
Wyberton playing fields - children's play area closed amid safety fears, following vandalism - closed signs on the padlocked gate

Plans are afoot to raise funds to repair and re-open a vandalised children’s play park which was forced to close amid safety concerns.

The gates were shut to Wyberton Play Park last month after vandals slashed at the soft pore surfacing around the play equipment, rendering it unstable and dangerous.

Members of the Wyberton Playing Field Committee, who look after the site, were forced to lock the gates and put up warning signs. But even these were attacked – being ripped down and broken.

About £10,000 is needed to get the children’s park back to a usable condition.

Members are now appealing to the public to help them to raise the money.

“We are battling to secure funds so we can re-open ASAP,” said Nici Walker, chairman of the association.

“A lot of parents took their young children there so it is greatly missed – but due to health and safety concerns we had no other option than to lock the gates.”

The committee is kicking off its campaign with a Christmas indoor market on December 7 in Wyberton Social Club, from noon-6pm.

The committee is also appealing for local businesses to help by sponsoring the fund or by donating a raffle prize.

Mrs Walker added: “This is the only play area in the vicinity.

“Wyberton is a much-loved community and so many people have been affected by the closure of our park.

“I am organising this with committee member Emma Wilcox and we are still on the look out for grotto prizes and a local company to donate some rolls, turkey or cranberries so we can sell turkey and stuffing rolls on the day.”

If you can help with donations or sponsorship towards the park call Mrs Walker on 0779 5505 447.