Open for play in Sawley

Published on: Wednesday, 5th August 2015

Sawley Park's all-new play area has been opened by the Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, during a celebration fun day.

Councillor Stevenson was joined at the ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Mayoress Mrs Anne Stevenson, and the current Miss Broxtowe and Erewash Emily-Rose Gent along with local children and members of the Friends of Sawley Park.

The new play area has been made possible thanks to £50,000 of funding from Erewash Borough Council and a further £48,500 of funding secured by the Friends of Sawley Park from the Landfill Communities Fund, accessed through Wren. The Friends group also raised over £5,000 for the project through their own fundraising events.

The play area will appeal to a wide age range and is fully accessible and has a natural, open plan feel to blend in with the surroundings. The equipment includes a zip wire, inclusive swings and roundabout, jungle climber, musical panels, talking flowers and basket swing.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council's Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: "This is a great community play park that is already being enjoyed by children in Sawley. We would particularly like to applaud the commitment and drive of the Friends Group members for their amazing fundraising efforts and their help in adding this great play area to the many other fantastic play facilities we have in this borough.'

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