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Community games to launch newly refurbished park in Penkside

OLYMPICS fever is still going strong in Stafford as a special day of community games will mark the official opening of a recently refurbished play area and park in Penkside.

Stafford and Rural Homes has teamed up with Stafford Borough Council and Stewart Bishop, a Community Organiser, to run the annual Meadow Road Games event, which is now in its third year.

“The London 2012 games has inspired more people to think about ways they can be active and stay fit and healthy and this event is all about bringing the community together to find out how they can do exactly that in their local area,” said Pam Smith, Community Involvement Officer for Stafford and Rural Homes.

“The event is aimed at people of all ages and sporting abilities and we hope to build on last year’s hugely successful event.”

This year’s games will also see the launch of the new play area and Queen Elizabeth II Fields, which has improved facilities including an outdoor gym, zip wire and skate board and BMX plaza.

Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health said: “It is great to be involved in what has become a really popular event for the community. Health and wellbeing is one of our top priorities and to get residents involved in fun sports and activities on special days such as this can have enormous benefits for the community.

“This year it coincides with the launch of the new play area which will give the younger members of the area more incentive to get out the house and be active in a safe environment.”  

Trees have also been planted along the park’s boundary, new benches and bins have been installed, and paths improved.

Work started in June on the £115,000 project that has dramatically overhauled the park and the facilities it offers to users of all ages.

Funding came from The Veolia Environmental Trust, who awarded £30,000, and the Staffordshire Environmental Trust – Jubilee Fund, who awarded £10,000. Both grants were awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund. The balance of funds was secured through agreements relating to housing developments in the locality.

The plans for the refurbishment were put together following consultation with local residents including feedback from the Meadow Road Games event two years ago.

The Acting Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Maria Cade, added, “It is great to see this project is complete. It is an excellent example of how organisations can work together to create a focus for fun, exercise and healthy living for all.”

 

The games will take place on Meadow Road from 12pm to 4pm.

A variety of free activities at the event will include football skills, golf, a climbing wall, cycling, face painting and a chance to use the new skateboarding and BMX facilities.

There will also be numerous stalls promoting healthy eating and lifestyle.

Further details on the Community Games programme can be found online at www.communitygames.org.uk.

For more information about the Meadow Road Community Games please call SARH’s Community Involvement Team on 0800 111 4554 or email cp@sarh.co.uk.  Or contact Chris Swetmore, Health Support Officer for Stafford Borough Council on 01785 619555.

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