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Dogs have their day at play area opening
5:00pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
NEW play equipment costing more than £92,000 was unveiled at Christian Malford recreation ground on the day of the village’s fourth annual charity fun dog show.
As well as the long-awaited multi-use games area, which can be used for tennis, basketball and other sports, there is a zip wire and pendulum swing, BMX track and outdoor gym equipment.
About 200 people turned out on Sunday for the grand opening and to see who was top dog at the show run by Acorns Pre-school.
Mireille Abbots took first prize for her Yorkshire Terrier Rosie’s waggy tail, while Jo Robinson’s Cocker Spaniel Sid was the dog the judge most wanted to take home.
The games area was opened by Kath Hatton of Viridor Credits, which provides funding for community, heritage and biodiversity projects and was a major contributor to the project.
Parish councillor Stephen Depla, who co-ordinated the fundraising and building work, said: “When we drew up our village plan about seven years ago, it became clear that whilst we had play facilities for small children aged two to ten, the village lacked facilities for teenagers and particularly teenage girls, and so a questionnaire was sent round and we followed through the results.
“We are absolutely delighted. The kids think it’s really cool.”
The games area was mainly paid for by a contribution from Redrow when it received planning permission to build new houses in the middle of the village.
It was also made possible by parish council budgeting and some help from villagers.
The goalposts for football or rugby were bought with money raised by village youngsters washing cars.
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