Youngsters made their own bird boxes as part of a busy day of celebrations at the opening of a new community centre in Fryston.
The new £100,000 facility at Fryston Country Trails, on Wheldale Lane, has been funded through Wakefield Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, Coalfield Regeneration Fund and the Land Trust.
It features meeting spaces, classrooms and a park ranger’s office. Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “This is a fantastic development with our partners to ensure we provide exceptional facilities and services to the community and local residents. We hope to see many people come down to enjoy what the park has on offer.”
Groundwork Wakefield will be based at the site, which will offer activities such as health walks and wildlife tracking.
Ian Kendall, estates manager for the Land Trust, said: “This new facility is a real boost for the park and means we will be able to attract and engage with even more people. We look forward to seeing the community use this building and make it their own.”
David Spencer, senior ranger, said: “Support like this is really appreciated, as it helps us to add an extra dimension to parks management by interpreting the natural world and making a difference on the ground.”
Equipment and tools at the centre were bought with £500 from the West Yorkshire Police Proceeds of Crime fund.