Huntington Parish Council and New Earswick Sports Club have been successful in securing £17,520 of funding from the Council's Community Challenge Fund to carry out improvements at the Garth Road and Orchard Park play areas in Huntington as well as at New Earswick's Sports Club.
Garth Road play area will receive £5,900 to install fitness equipment, whilst Orchard Park will see an investment of £5,900 in older children’s play equipment and New Earswick's sports club will use £5,720 to upgrade equipment and surfacing.
Twenty-nine 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 Carol Runciman commented:
"I'm delighted to confirm that the local Huntington and New Earswick 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 Huntington Parish Council and the New Earswick Sports Club for their work and involvement in this project as well as their ongoing work to support our local areas.”