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New play area for Arnold

Date Posted: 4:43 PM on Wed, 27 November 2019

A play area in Arnold will re-open this week thanks to a £100,000 refurbishment.


The Muirfield Road Recreation Ground, Arnold will be re-opening this week thanks to £100,000 funding from FCC Communities Foundation as well as contributions from local residents group, Warren Hill Action Group.


Works on the play park began in October and will be completed this week. The Deputy Mayor of Gedling will open it on Thursday 28 November at 2pm. Warren Primary Academy and members of the Warren Action Group will attend the opening. The new equipment in the play area includes a viper rope swing, 30-metre zip line, disability access roundabout and 5 metre tall multi-climbing unit with slide.


Gedling Borough Council and the Warren Action Group, a local residents group, made the joint funding bid for the improvements. The group have been working and campaigning since 2015 to revitalise the playground area and have received over £164,000 in grants and funding from various sources including FCC Communites Foundation, Gedling Borough Council, Nottingham City Homes and Nottinghamshire County Council. They were awarded £48,000 for a multi-use games area, installed in 2017, and £16,000 for an outdoor gym installed in November 2018.


FCC Communities Foundation are a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by waste and resource management company FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.


Deputy Chief Executive of Gedling Borough Council, Mike Hill said:

“This is a fantastic new facility that will be welcomed by local residents. As part of our council plan, we are investing in local parks and play areas to enhance them and create a more attractive local environment that people can enjoy. We would like to thank FCC Communities for the funding and the Warren Action Group for working with us to successfully apply for the funding.”


Cheryl Raynor, FCC Community Foundations local grant manager said:

“We are delighted to have supported the Borough Council and the Action Group with this fantastic project, they have worked extremely hard over the past 4 years to transform the park and provide a space for children and families to have fun together. We look forward to seeing the children enjoying themselves at the opening event. FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”


Sue Jablonskas, from the Warren Action Group said:

“The new park looks fantastic and I am sure will be well used by the local children and young people. This marks the third and final part of WAG’s project to improve the facilities on the Muirfield Road Recreation Ground. We are grateful to everyone who has supported our work on this since 2015 and on behalf of our local community we thank FCC Communities Foundation for their funding.”