Fulford Parish Council and the Outgang playing field Committee have been successful in securing £10,000 of funding from the Council's Community Challenge Fund to carry out improvements at the Fordlands Road play area in Fulford and the Outgang playing field in Heslington.
Fordlands Road play area will receive £5,900 to install older children’s play equipment, whilst The Outgang playing field will see £4,468 go towards resurfacing of the playing area.
Twenty-four other projects from across the city received the funding boost from the Council's £175k funding pot to improve community facilities and play areas, with community partners providing up to £228k in match funding. This will see local play areas benefit from a total of £400k investment.
In order to ensure that as many community areas receive the desired improvements, the existing funding pot of £100k has been increased to £175k to deliver funding for chosen projects.
Playgrounds are an essential element to the health and development of the mind and body, providing opportunities for children to practice a range of social, emotional, physical and mental skills.
Councillor Keith Aspden commented:
"I'm delighted to confirm that the local Fulford and Hesligton communities will see new improved play areas and benefit from this substantial scheme.
“Ensuring we have excellent play areas locally and across the city is crucial in supporting our communities and most importantly, providing safe places for young people to enjoy and develop themselves.
“I would like to thank Fulford Parish Council and the Outgang playing field Committee for their work and involvement in this project as well as their ongoing work to support our local areas.”