Makeover for park as equipment and lighting is installed

Eli Ward with David Meagher
Eli Ward with David Meagher

A Kettering park has been given a makeover with the installation of a fitness zone and children’s play area.

The £60,000 project was undertaken by Kettering Council after securing a grant of £48,000 from Wren, a not-for-profit business which awards grants to community projects via a landfill tax.

The Rockingham Road Pleasure Park project is a response to a community consultation for an upgrade.

New lighting, which is brighter and more energy-efficient, has also been designed and installed at the park by T James Ltd.

“Wren is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families,” said its managing director Peter Cox. “The pleasure park project will provide a fantastic space for local people to get outdoors, get fit and have some fun. We’re delighted to support.”

Valerie Hitchman, Kettering Council’s head of community services, said: “This is now Kettering’s second free to use outdoor gym and has already attracted a great many users. We are especially delighted to see that a new user group has already been established with numbers growing each week.”

Local councillor Michael Brown added: “This is a fantastic example of the community, council and enterprise working together for the betterment of the area. An excellent effort as ever from the Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park.”