Hundreds celebrate park’s £100,000 re-opening

New Road pocket park. Opening of the town's �100,000 pocket park and Jubilee celebrations.town mayor, George Higgins
New Road pocket park. Opening of the town's �100,000 pocket park and Jubilee celebrations.town mayor, George Higgins

More than 1,000 people celebrated the opening of a pocket park after a £100,000 revamp.

The pocket park in New Road, Oundle, had its grand opening tied in with Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Monday, June 4.

Oundle town councillor George Higgins campaigned for the refurbishment, and after collecting 700 signatures in a petition, he convinced Waste Recycling Environmental and the town council to donate £50,000 each to the renovation.

He said: “The celebrations went phenomenally well.

“The pocket park was so delapidated beforehand so I was delighted so many people turned out to make the celebrations special and give it the opening it deserves.

“The community really came together to plan the day and I think we had an event that catered for everyone.

“I’d estimate there were more than 1,000 people there.”

The event featured live bands, music, children’s rides, and a cake-making contest.

Cllr Higgins, who has two young sons, decided to kickstart the project because he noticed there was nothing like it in the town for children to use.

The new layout features brand new equipment and was designed using ideas from children at Oundle Primary School.