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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Children jumping for joy as £200k revamped Barrow park opens

HUNDREDS of excited children gathered at a £200,000 refurbished Barrow play park to be the first to use the new equipment.

Youngsters and their families were impressed with the kit, which includes hurricane swings and multi-activity climbing frames at Barrow Island’s Farm Street Park, known as ‘The Rec’.

Barrow Island Community Trust hosted the grand opening of the park in glorious sunshine on Tuesday afternoon. The trust gained £151,692 from the Big Local, Big Lottery funding. An additional £46,258 was secured from the WREN Landfill Communities Fund of FCC Environment for a much-wanted playground and multi use games area.

Barrow Island is one of the 150 Big Local areas nationally. The volunteer residents who make up the trust identify community priorities and plan how to invest £1m over at least the next 10 years.

The colourful new park was designed by Wicksteed. The trust also worked with Barrow Borough Council parks department to realise their ambitions.

Bob Huitson, the chairman of the trust, officially opened the park with eight-year-old Ava Marvin. Ava, a Barrow Island Primary School pupil, was involved with researching what equipment the park should have. She said: “It was really exciting to open the park, I’m very proud. The park is brilliant.”

Her grandmother Karen Marvin, 50, said: “We are really proud of Ava. It’s a lovely park.”

Mr Huitson said: “I didn’t realise there were quite so many children on Barrow Island. It’s great to see so many children here with their families enjoying the park.

“This was the first priority for the community, along with getting a community centre.”

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