Park Friends win £50,000 funding

Young adventurers will be able to explore a play trail in Eastfield Park when it is officially opened by the Mayor of Northampton on Easter Sunday.

The trail, built using 50,000 from the Department for Children, Schools and Families through the Playbuilders Fund, will include a climbing net, a basket swing, a zip-wire and a multi-pondo, which is similar to a standing-up see-saw.

Eastfield is the first area in Northampton to secure money from the fund.

The Friends of Eastfield Park and Northampton Borough Council asked young people in the area what they would like to see in the park, and the feedback was used to make a bid to the Playbuilder Fund.

Councillor Trini Crake, (Lib Dem, Boughton Green), Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for Environment, said: "Northampton is blessed with a large number of parks and green spaces which can be enjoyed by the whole community.

"Projects like this help to improve and enhance our local environment by providing vital play opportunities for teenagers and younger children, which in turn help to breathe new life into the town's best assets.

"This is an excellent example of Northampton Borough Council working in partnership to complete new and exciting projects for the benefit of the town's residents."

Bernard Kelly, a member of Friends of Eastfield Park, said: "Eastfield Park has been crying out for this type of investment for many years and I am very pleased that this stage of the play improvements is now complete.

"The options for play in the park have been vastly improved and comments from residents and young people are generally very positive."