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New £90,000 play park in Norfolk town to be open by mid October

North Walsham Memorial Park, as it will look. Pictures: supplied by NW Play

North Walsham Memorial Park, as it will look. Pictures: supplied by NW Play

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Money needed for a new play park in North Walsham was raised in just one year.

North Walsham Memorial Park, as it will look. Pictures: supplied by NW PlayNorth Walsham Memorial Park, as it will look. Pictures: supplied by NW Play

About £90,000 was required to revamp Memorial Park, with work set to start in September. It should be open by half-term week in October.

Community group North Walsham Play started the fundraising project a year ago.

The new play park will include a roundabout, swings, a spring seesaw and play frames modelled after a castle and a ship, which will both include slides.

The group’s trustee and founder Matthew Smith, who received the town council’s community award for 2016/17 for his fundraising efforts, said on social media: “We’ve only gone and done it! Funds secured for the new play park in the Memorial Park.

“A massive thank you to North Walsham Community Shop who have just given us the last £902.87 needed to make this dream become reality! North Walsham Play now working closely with North Walsham Town Council to plan the build of the new park.

“Watch this space - work should start early September. Community spirit and regeneration most certainly exceeding expectation from our point of view. Now to start fundraising for the next park.”

The park will be owned by North Walsham Town Council with work set to be carried out by Hag SMP Ltd.

It will be North Walsham Play’s second play park project in the town, after Woodville Park, which opened last June. That £40,000 project was funded by North Norfolk District Council, as well as their big society fund, and donations from donors.

The new play park will be Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant and will feature wheelchair-accessible equipment, promoting inclusive play for all children.

The campaign group now plans to give the Trackside park in the town, near the train station, a makeover.

The group has been praised on social media.

Michelle McKenzie said: “Brilliant job all of you! It’s going to be a great place for all our kids to play.”

Wendy Moore added: “Great news, thanks for everyone’s hard work. Children will enjoy for years to come.”

The facility will be open and accessible 365 days a year.


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