Bid for new park play equipment

Newspaper: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: Friends of Pontefract Park are hoping to get new funding to pay for new play equipment on the children's  play area.'Jack Kershaw - Friends member, is picyured by some of the old play equipment.'Photo Date: 17/02/15
Newspaper: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: Friends of Pontefract Park are hoping to get new funding to pay for new play equipment on the children's play area.'Jack Kershaw - Friends member, is picyured by some of the old play equipment.'Photo Date: 17/02/15

Youngsters could soon be enjoying new play equipment at Pontefract Park - if a funding bid by a support group is successful.

Friends of Pontefract Park hopes to work with Wakefield Council to replace ageing equipment in the play area.

Jack Kershaw, group chairman, said: “The equipment we’ve currently got is well past its best.

“It’s been really good for the children but we now think it would be a good investment to get some new equipment, especially with the warmer weather coming up.”

The group is also working on plans for a skate park at the site.

Youngsters attended the group’s meetings and suggested the skate park idea to the committee last year.

Mr Kershaw: “We fully support the skate park plans. We’re still hopeful something can be done as it would help to keep children off the streets and give them a place to meet.

“It is an idea which the young people themselves came to us with and we want it to be something that belongs to them.”

Subject to planning permission and funding, the skate park would be near the park’s golf hut.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for environment and communities said: “It’s always great to hear about groups and individuals who want to work with the council to improve facilities for their communities.

“The project is in its early stages and would need to go through a process which will include consultation with the public and obtaining various permissions and approvals.

“The Friends group will also need to apply for grant funding and work with the council to get the equipment installed.”