Wicksteed Park’s £100,000 funding boost for new play area

Alasdair McNee, Wicksteed Park's managing director, and Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, at the launch of the park's lake restoration project in September 2013
Alasdair McNee, Wicksteed Park's managing director, and Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, at the launch of the park's lake restoration project in September 2013

A £100,000 play area for families is set to be created at Wicksteed Park after grant funding was announced for the project.

The new sand and water attraction is due to be completed by the boating lake in time for Easter after £50,000 was secured from not-for-profit organisation WREN, which supports community, conservation and heritage projects across the UK.

WREN is mostly funded by the landfill tax revenues, and hands out grants to communities living close to landfill sites.

The Kettering park’s new play area will feature a host of interactive elements, including a building site-style climbing feature, tables where children can use sand to make ‘mud pies’ and sand castles, fun water pumps and slides.

Alasdair McNee, Wicksteed Park’s managing director, said: “The completion of our lake restoration project has opened up the whole lakeside area and created lots of new opportunities to develop play throughout the park.

“We are a not-for-profit organisation owned and run by the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, so grant support such as this is invaluable and we are very grateful to WREN for their support.

“We have pledged to use the money we receive from visitors to put back into the running of the park, to improve it and build something special for everyone to enjoy in the future and the new play area is an example of that.”

Norfolk-based WREN is committed to enhancing the community environment, natural conservation and heritage aspects of the UK and create a beneficial and lasting legacy for future generations.

To find out more about WREN and how WREN funding might benefit you and your community go to http://www.wren.org.uk/