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Pavenham Park's Official Opening

Friday 7th May

Pavenham Park, has been provided with £40,000 of government funding from Bedford Borough Council’s £1 million Playbuilder grant allocation and it’s about to reveal how it has been spent. The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, will be at the park’s official launch from 2 – 3pm, on Saturday 29th May.

 

Pavenham Park secured the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) funding due to the parish council’s innovative application and plans to provide a public play space that meets the play needs of local children and young people.

 

The Playbuilder scheme is open to voluntary organisations, community groups and council departments – the project provides an average of £50,000 for each public play space and has allocated funds for at least 22 projects to be completed by March 2011.

 

Cllr Barry Huckle, Portfolio Holder for Arts and Leisure, at Bedford Borough Council said: “The purpose of the Playbuilder scheme is to enable children and young people to enjoy fun and active opportunities in a range of safe, creative and accessible environments throughout the borough. We are pleased to be able to work together with the support of the DCSF, so that Pavenham Park provides such a place.”

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: I look forward to seeing first hand how Pavenham Park has been revamped to really give local children and young people something to enjoy and to take pride in. Children and young people have a sense of ownership and civic pride in their play areas, and often form memories that can last a lifetime.”

 

Prior to its revamp, Pavenham Park had a 1970’s play area, consisting of an original Wicksteed slide, an igloo-shaped climbing frame and rocking horse (seating up to five children). Now, the park has a range of more modern playground attractions such as a zip wire and climbing wall – aimed at a wider age group. The park is also deemed to have heightened safety aspects; the floor is matting instead of bark.

 

Young people, their friends, and family are all invited to come along to the Pavenham Park’s official launch to enjoy the imaginative, challenging and stimulating play area for themselves!

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