The newly named Acacia Community Park was officially opened on Sunday 15 October.
Ashfield District Council have been working alongside a local residents working group, local primary schools, Acacia Centre staff and Acacia Association board members to develop and implement an improvement plan for their local park.
The local residents working group decided on Acacia Community Park as a new name for the recreation ground, giving it a new sense of identity with an emphasis that it is at the heart of the local community. The name also reflects links with the Acacia (Community) Centre and the Acacia Community Radio based on the park.
Grants of £20,000 from Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) and £50,000 from Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (Wren) were used to match Section 106 contributions from local housing developments.
The scooter park, part funded by the NCC grant, was completed in March. The new facility is the first of its kind in the district and has proved very popular with children using it before and after school and at weekends.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council stated, “it is great to see how County Council funding is really benefitting the local community with this new scooter park, which is a fantastic addition to the area.
“It has proved to be a real hit with local youngsters as it is well-used before and after school as well as being a favourite activity at weekends.”
The new play and youth equipment, part funded by Wren, were completed at the end of September and include an enclosed U12’s play area, youth area and balance trail.
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s Grant Manager for Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire said, ‘‘it’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to children in the local area. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”
Wider improvements have included the construction of a circular walking/running route around the perimeter of the park and the installation of new signage, entrance features, bins, picnic benches and seats.
Councillor Don Davis, Deputy Leader for Ashfield District Council added, “The Acacia Community Park improvements have provided an exciting enhancement to the park, local children of all ages will be able to enjoy the new play equipment and facilities.
“I'm really pleased that the consultation has allowed local residents and partners to work collaboratively to deliver these improvements and launch the new facilities for the benefit of the community.”
A launch event was held on Sunday 15th October and was attended by representatives from Ashfield District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, WREN’s Grant Manager for Nottinghamshire and the residents working group, local primary schools, Acacia Centre staff and Acacia Association.