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New play area for Limeside residents in time for Spring

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Published by Emma Baylis for Contour Homes in Communities and also in Housing

Ribbon cutting ceremony officially opens play area at Limeside Park Ribbon cutting ceremony officially opens play area at Limeside Park

A new play area at Limeside Park in Oldham officially opened this week just in time for Spring.

Oldham Roughyed’s mascot, Roary, joined local group, Limeside ‘Friends of the Park’ for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the play area, which was constructed after the group secured £50,000 from the Community Spaces scheme.

The scheme helps community groups in England create or improve green, open spaces to enhance people’s quality of life and has helped to provide traditional equipment for the play area including swings, a climbing frame and a roundabout-which is also wheelchair accessible.

Sarah Furbey, Community Development Worker for Contour Homes and Secretary of ‘Friends of the Park’, said: “It is fantastic to see this new play area open to the public in time for Spring.

“We hope the new modern equipment will encourage parents to bring their children to the park where they can play safely and enjoy the fresh air and exercise.”

The opening event saw local residents and their children enjoy an afternoon of face painting, circus skills and balloon modelling, plus they had the chance to try out the brand new equipment.

Sarah added: “The event was a lovely way to officially open the play area. The children of Limeside finally have somewhere suitable to play and we are so grateful for the huge amount of support we’ve had.

“Without the funding this just would not have been possible.”

The group has also secured another £6,000 from the Natwest ‘Community Force’ scheme, an initiative that supports local people, projects and charities and £14,000 from the Procure Plus ‘Sense of Place’ scheme which helps to finance construction-based projects. 

This additional funding will help to provide further equipment which will be added to the existing play area.

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