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Newly refurbished park launched with community games

A day of fun and games has marked the launch of a recently refurbished play area and park in Penkside.

Stafford and Rural Homes teamed up with Stafford Borough Council and Stewart Bishop, a Community Organiser, to run the third annual Meadow Road Games event.

The games also saw the official 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.

“The event was a great way to mark the official opening of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields and also promote healthy activity in the local community,” said Pam Smith, Community Involvement Officer for Stafford and Rural Homes.

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.”

A variety of free activities took place at the event including climbing wall, dance mats, hand massage and balloon modelling.

There was also a chance to use the new skateboarding and BMX facilities and visit numerous stalls promoting healthy eating and lifestyle.

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

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