Kettering playground fundraiser tops £9,000

A fundraising drive to pay for a new infants' playground at Rockingham Road Pleasure Park in Kettering has topped �9,100

A fundraising drive to pay for a new infants' playground at Rockingham Road Pleasure Park in Kettering has topped �9,100

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A fundraising drive to pay for a new infants’ playground at Rockingham Road Pleasure Park in Kettering has topped £9,100.

David Meagher, chairman of the Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park launched the scheme earlier this year.

At the time, Mr Meagher said that although the park had facilities for older children, teenagers and adults, there was very little on offer for younger children.

A website was set up so people could make donations online, and the overall target for the new playground, which will include a multi-use outdoor classroom with timber seating, a mini-obstacle course, rope bridges and even a wooden chainsaw-carved sculpture, was £16,700.

Mr Meagher said £9,190 has been raised so far.

He added: “We want to create an outdoor learning and play space in Rockingham Road Pleasure Park for Park Road Infants School next door.

“The children are designing the play zone, to include some form of chainsaw carving. The park’s bandstand refurbishment will also feature in this project.

“Any excess money raised will be going towards extra play kit for the infants and towards extra free weekend concerts in the bandstand over the summer.”

A website was set up earlier this year where people can find out more about the project and also make donations.

The website can be found at www.buzzbnk.org/forrpp and includes a running total.

On the website, this currently stands at £4,100, but Mr Meagher said this does not include about £5,000 which has been raised offline by the the friends group.

At the last meeting of the group, visitors were told that problems with anti-social behaviour had fallen at the park in recent weeks.

However, the police had said they were wary that the summer holidays were approaching and had plans to employ a Smart car carrying surveillance and monitoring equipment to the area.

More than 1,000 signatures have also been collected to bring a CCTV camera to the park.