Kettering park opens in time for summer with almost £50,000 of new equipment

St Andrews Primary young ambassadors at Grafton Street Park
St Andrews Primary young ambassadors at Grafton Street Park

A Kettering park has reopened after a £49,000 facelift which will bring new sports facilities to children in time for the summer holidays.

The project in Grafton Street Park includes a new five-a-side football area, children’s play equipment and even dog agility equipment following ideas contributed by St Andrews Primary School pupils taking part in the Little Ambassadors community scheme.

They presented their ideas to the mayor of Kettering and also helped write the funding application.

Funding for the project was then awarded to Kettering Council by Wren, a not-for-profit business which awards grants to community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

It has confirmed that work on the project will be completed this summer.

New facilities on the checklist include: rope swings, an Aeroskate, a rope-based rotating cone climber and a cantilever swing, as well as a selection of fitness equipment with parallel bars, monkey bars, three-tier pull-up bars and an obstacle fitness trail.

The park will also receive two five-a-side goals to create a new football area to further encourage healthy play activities.

Other works to improve the park include a separate dog walking area complete with some dog agility equipment, aimed at encouraging dog walkers to keep their dogs out of the children’s play area.

And to open up sightlines and improve safety alongside the new equipment, the council will also be undertaking some major tree pruning.

Guy Holloway, acting head of community services at the council, said: “Grafton Street Park is one of Kettering’s vital green spaces but has been in need of improvement.

“We have taken time to plan this scheme with local people and now Wren’s support will allow us to deliver a really good and accesible green space for all local people.”

Wren managing director Peter Cox said: “Wren is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families.

“The Grafton Street Park project will provide a fantastic space for local people to get outdoors, get fit and have some fun.

“We’re delighted to support Kettering Council to make this happen and were delighted to receive an application that part users themselves had helped write.”