WHEN a group of parents decided their local play park was a drab and uninviting place for their children to be, the last thing they did was sit and moan.
Instead they rolled up their shirt sleeves and embarked upon a mammoth £100,000 fund raising drive to transform the park into a children’s paradise.
Today, four years on, the Friends of the Park have completed their mission, thanks to grants from WREN and the Government’s Playbuilder scheme.
The grand opening of the yet-to-be-named attraction takes place in Wolverton on Saturday April 16, between 2pm and 4pm.
The park now boasts toddler play areas, giant swings, natural climbing frames, football pitches, a climbing wall and even a concrete table tennis facility.
But even now the hard-working group members are not prepared to rest.
For they have twinned their park with a deprived school in India.
And they have launched a second campaign to provide the youngsters with much-needed outdoor play equipment.
“They are desperate for a swing,” said Friends of the Park chairman Marie Osborne.
Wolverton children will run a cookie and cake stall at their park’s opening to raise money for the Indian school.
Marie is confident the opening will be well attended.
“There has been a real excitement in Wolverton as local people have watched the changes to the park taking place, and I know that it will make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people in the area,” she said.
“It has been a real community effort and everyone will take great pride in the park.”
The opening ceremony will offer a host of free activities, including art and craft, wood turning and Zumba classes.
Most importantly there will be a suggestion box inviting people to come up with the final detail – a name for the park.
“It’s always been known as the swing park, or the rec behind Victoria Street. It’s finally time it was given a proper name,” said Marie.