Kirton in Lindsey Town Council has completed the much-needed redevelopment of the town’s play area. Working with suppliers Caloo, who successfully tendered for the project in the summer, new equipment is now in place to update old equipment which had been thoroughly enjoyed by hundreds of kids for 20 years but was getting in real need of replacement.
An official reopening event was held on Saturday 5th November, and it was wonderful to see the kids enjoying the new play area. Watching the enjoyment makes it well worth all the effort –fundraising, surveys, analysis, visits to other parks, finding companies, designs, decisions over equipment and the closure of the play area for almost two months.
The official opening was carried out by Councillor Joy Kofoed, Mayor of Kirton in Lindsey, and assisted by Councillor John Briggs, Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Holly Mumby-Croft MP and representatives from British Steel. North Lincolnshire Council, British Steel and the National Lottery have all provided funding totalling £67,983.00 towards this £107,559.10 project.
Despite the wet November weather, the opening event was well attended by residents and extra fun was provided with some of the cast of the local pantomime The Wizard of Oz making an appearance in full costume. The production, by Kirton in Lindsey’s drama group ‘Kirton Call’, is on Saturday 3rd December at Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall.
Extra treats for the children who came along (and some of the adults too!) were provided by Kirton in Lindsey’s artisan chocolate shop, No. 12 Chocolatier.
Additional works are now planned to update the signage and install additional picnic benches at the play area.
The results of the surveys carried out as well as feedback from residents clearly demonstrate the need for increased recreation facilities for Kirton in Lindsey in addition to this piece of work, and the Town Council continues to look seriously at how more can continue to be achieved.