A neglected playground in Fakenham has taken on a new lease of life thanks to the generosity of caring neighbours.
The site at the western end of Hayes Lane has now been equipped with multi-purpose play stations suitable for children of all ages – and even their parents. Smart sets of goal posts have also made the field much more appealing to young people.
The initiative was formally opened by town mayor Adrian Vertigan who was given plenty of help from crowds of enthusiastic youngsters.
Money for the project had been donated by Imperial Care Homes which runs three homes in the region including Field View which overlooks the play area.
The town council put in some bench seats and is responsible for keeping the grass trimmed.
Resident Kathy Burbidge, whose two sons were taking part in the opening day fun and games, applauded what had taken place.
“We live on Hayes Lane so it’s very convenient for our boys to get to this park,’ she said. It’s actually been up and running for a few weeks already which has been great. My husband has even used some of the equipment and I’m thinking of having a go myself.’”
Director Laura Smith said how pleased they were to be involved in the whole campaign.
“We could see that the field had become tired and was not being used for play any more,” she said.
“This has cheered up the whole place and will make a big difference. There are lots of youngsters within walking distance and we even have relatives of some of our staff who use it. This autumn there’s going to be a wheelchair walkway laid down so that we can take some of our residents out during the day.
“They really enjoy watching the children playing.”
In addition to swings for toddlers the playground includes double air walkers, fitness air skiers and a seated chest press.
Town clerk Linda Jennings expressed her delight with what had been achieved. ‘This was a bit of a nothing area before and now it’s ideal. It’s in a lovely setting and it’s a great place to play. What’s also good is that adults can benefit from it as well as children.’