Building work is under way to create a new and improved playground for children in Gainsborough.

The Sir Hickman Bacon Memorial Park project is a step closer now that the ground has been broken and a safe working environment has been created for the contractors to deliver the new and enhanced play equipment for both teens and toddlers at the site in Gainsborough on the Levellings.

The project, which is being funded by a £100,000 grant from FCC Communities Foundation as well as £8,000 from West Lindsey District Council, will provide a toddler play area as well as a space for older children, once it is open later in the year.

Cllr Richard Craig of Gainsborough Town Council is excited that the project is starting to take shape.

He says: “It’s great to see our vision for this vital community facility moving closer to reality. We are extremely grateful for the funding FCC Communities Foundation has given us and we’re looking forward to opening to the public.”

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cheryl Raynor, Grant Manager at FCC Communities Foundation said “We are delighted to be supporting the Town Council with this project. This is a valuable space and it’s great that work has now started to bring it up to date for the local community.

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Grant White, Communities Manager at West Lindsey District Council says “We are pleased to support the new play park at Levellings. We hope the new park will encourage people of all ages to get out, have fun and exercise. We look forward to seeing the project completed for the enjoyment of residents of Gainsborough.”

The Hickman Bacon Memorial Park (Levellings) is an existing park for which Gainsborough Town Council have sole responsibility. The years though have taken their toll on this once thriving park. It is essential now that this park is brought back to life, as it is surrounded by residential properties, and is in a central part of our town, within easy reach of Southwest Ward, Trent and North Ward residents. There are not only residents but two schools in the vicinity of the park, and the local Scouts groups.

Commencing on the 26th of June 2023 the redevelopment of the park will commence and will include:

1. Redevelop the toddler play area as to provide safe play equipment for children of pre-school age.

2. Redevelopment of play area for older children including the refurbishment of existing teen equipment and the removal of equipment that cannot be refurbished.

3. Repair and renewal of ball court creating opportunity to engage in improvised team sports

4. Installation of adult outdoor gym equipment helping to improve overall fitness, flexibility, and strength.

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