Lyme play park to open this weekend
PUBLISHED: 06:59 30 September 2015
Mayor to launch £110,000 pirate-themed playground
THE long-awaited play park in Lyme Regis will open its gates this weekend.
The fences around the Anning Road play park will be taken down on Saturday morning and replaced with bunting and balloons for the grand opening.
Work on the Jurassic and pirate-themed park started in mid-August and its opening has been eagerly awaited by children and parents in Lyme Regis.
Families are invited to the opening event from 10.30am to 1pm on Saturday 3 October, when the Mayor, Cllr Owen Lovell will cut the ribbon, joined by a pupil from St Michael’s Primary School.
Children at the school are this week taking part in a competition to draw a picture of themselves and their friends playing in the park.
A winner will be chosen from each class, and the overall winner will help cut the ribbon and have sole use of the park for the first two minutes before the gates are opened to the crowds of children.
The Mayor, Cllr Owen Lovell said: “We’re very much looking forward to opening our fantastic new play park on Saturday and hope to see as many townspeople, particularly children, there are possible.
“It’s been eagerly-awaited and we thank everyone for their patience while the building work has taken place.
“The park looks spectacular and we know local children are very excited to start using it. We hope it will be well used and well looked after for many years to come.
“We trust everyone will enjoy the morning and the equipment from then on.”
The £110,000 project is largely funded by Lyme Regis Town Council, with Lyme Regis Play Park Fundraising Association contributing £5,400, Magna Housing Association donating £1,200, Palmers Brewery contributing £600, and the Town Mill Cheesemonger donating £400.
The park has been designed by Eibe Play and the Jurassic and pirate-themed equipment includes a galleon, a ‘fallen fossil’, a lookout mound, a zip wire, and a pterodactyl nest.
The facilities are designed for children of all ages and all physical abilities.
The pirate-themed opening event on Saturday will include face painting, cakes, pirate hats, and refreshments.
Cllr Cheryl Reynolds, who is also chairman of the Lyme Regis Play Park Fundraising Association, said: “It’s been so exciting watching the park come together, seeing the pirate ship taking shape and the fallen fossil being constructed, and I can’t wait to see the children enjoying themselves on Saturday.
“I’m so pleased with what the council and community has achieved, and in a relatively short time. Local people told us the park wasn’t up to standard, we listened and we did something about it.
“Now I think we have a facility the town can be proud of and that children can use to learn and develop in.”
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