Appeal to help buy new play area for Kettering park

Local resident David Meagher at the Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, Kettering
Local resident David Meagher at the Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, Kettering

A website which aims to raise money for a new infants playground and outdoor teaching area at a Kettering park has gone live.

The website has been launched by David Meagher of the Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, and he says the group is hoping to raise as much money as possible over the next two months in a bid to make the improvements.

Although the park has facilities for older children and adults, the money would be used to pay for items for younger children.

Mr Meagher said: “We want to create an outdoor learning and play space in the pleasure park for Park Road Infant School next door.

“We are using recycled materials, like the trunk from a sick beech tree within the park and leftover granite blocks from the town’s recent redevelopment, to create the imaginative play space.

“Children are designing the play zone, to include some form of chainsaw carving.

“If you can help spread the word to your friends, family and network and/or if you can make a pledge to support the funding drive, it would be greatly appreciated.

“We have only 60 days to achieve our funding goals.”

Kettering councillor Michael Brown said: “David once again is doing a stirling job as Chairperson of FORRPP. I hope that we can protect any equipment installed with CCTV in the park and I will campaign for this, in support of his and the communities efforts.”

The donation website contains a number of ideas for how money could be spent, including installing “talking tubes” allowing children to speak to each other at opposite ends of the playground, a granite maze, outdoor seating, a mini-obstacle course made from recycled materials and tree sculptures.

The website can be found by visiting and searching for ‘Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park’.

There are different levels of rewards for people who back the scheme, depending on how much they contribute – although everyone who makes a donation will have their name added to a sign.

The friends group has also teamed up with the county’s Community First Foundation, which has agreed to match fund donations.