Play Just Got Better in Stacksteads

by Catherine Smyth Media

CHILDREN in Stacksteads now have a superb play facility thanks to a community collaboration that saw nearly £85,000 raised to refurbish a park.

The rejuvenation of Western Park, on Western Road, was led by Stacksteads Countryside Park Group working closely with Haslingden-based Proffitts – Investing In Communities.

A number of grants were secured and youngsters also held a sponsored walk around the park to contribute £500.

The park’s new kick-about surface, fencing and junior play equipment was officially opened by the Mayor Tom Aldred on Wednesday May 20.

Pupils from Fearns Community Sports College, who planted bulbs, were invited for a 5-a-side football match and pupils from Holy Trinity Primary School who designed the park logo got to play on the equipment.

Pupils, residents and funders were all invited for a celebration lunch on the park.

Communications Officer for SCPG Jackie Oakes said: “This was a community-led project from the start beginning when local youths complained that the old football pitch in the park wasn’t fit for purpose.

“We then had fundraising when residents sold raffle tickets and children did a sponsored walk. At the opening, neighbours provided facilities for hot drinks and Fearns played a display 5-a-side match.

“Cohen’s Chemist also raised funds for additional seating on the park. It’s great when everyone gets involved in this way.”

Proffitts director Martin Proffitt said: “This is now a fantastic facility right in the heart of Stacksteads.

“It was a pleasure for Proffitts to have worked on this project with Stacksteads Countryside Park Group, along with local children and residents.”

Jack Clegg, 12, from Fearns said: “Before you couldn’t play on the football area because it was waterlogged all the time.

“I live nearby and now I will be using the area most nights. I would like say thanks for doing it up.”

SCPG would also like to thank Rossendale Borough Council, Biffa-Award, Lancashire Environmental Fund, Newground Together and Lancashire County Council for their contributions towards the total funds raised.

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