Parent power transforms park

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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.