Ambitious plans to revamp Castleford park

Plans to build a skate park in Love Lane park, Castleford, have been given the go ahead.'Picture: Local councillors and members of the Friends of Love Lane Park group, stood by the run down playground equipment, which is the site of the new skate park.'p305a436
Plans to build a skate park in Love Lane park, Castleford, have been given the go ahead.'Picture: Local councillors and members of the Friends of Love Lane Park group, stood by the run down playground equipment, which is the site of the new skate park.'p305a436
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A Castleford park will be transformed with a new play area and skate park as part of ambitious plans by a dedicated community group.

The Friends of King George’s Field group announced plans for a £90,000 skate park at the site in Half Acres last week.

Now, having secured funding for the facility, the group also hopes to build a new £50k play area at the park.

Dorothy Dunn, group chairwoman, said: “There is nothing for the kids in Castleford at the moment.

“Everyone keeps asking when the skate park is going to be open.

“We did plan on doing both at the same time so there was something for the younger children as well as teenagers.”

Work on the skate park, which has been funded by money from Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN), Wakefield Council Streetscene, Public Health Wakefield, Wakefield and District Housing and a contribution from the friends’ group, is expected to start next month.

The group now hopes to apply for grants for the play area.

Mrs Dunn, 70, added: “The park has been left to rack and ruin a bit in recent years so it’s going to be great for the area.”

The group is also looking for new volunteers to get involved and help with the plans as well as organising fundraising events.

Mrs Dunn said: “We need parents to get involved and help us.

“Most of the people in the group are pensioners and we need some younger blood to come in and help.”

For more information or to get involved call Mrs Dunn on 01977 513375.