£90k investment in Grantham’s Dysart Park will have disabled children in mind

Design for new play area at Dysart Park.
Design for new play area at Dysart Park.
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Plans are underway to transform Dysart Park’s play area, after designs incorporating disabled-friendly equipment were presented to the public at Sunday’s family fun day.

Prior to the event, Libby Simpson, chairman of Dysart Park Action Group, contacted playground experts Playdale and three suggested designs with differing budgets were produced. These were displayed at the action group’s stall on Sunday so that the public could have their say.

“Obviously the favourite was the most expensive option, because it has the most equipment,” said Mrs Simpson. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work, but we’re going to aim for that option which costs £90,000.”

She added: “We’re going to be doing a lot of fund-raising – I’ll be pestering everybody in town for their pennies!”

The group will also receive support from South Kesteven District Council and hopes to get grant funding through SKDC’s community fund scheme and WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited), which donates money raised from landfill tax to local causes.

Fellow action group member Hannah Martin said: “The plans for the play area will incorporate play equipment which can be used by both abled and disabled children. The play area is in desperate need of updating.”

Libby adds: “We want to create something that can be used by all the children in the area, including those with a mental disability.”

The plans have come as welcome news to the Grantham Disabled Children Society. Chairman of the society Kaz Smith said: “It is a positive step for Grantham – there are lots of disabled children in the area with no play equipment they can use.” Examples Kaz would like to see are accessible swings and roundabouts wheelchairs can be strapped on to. They also plan to help fund-raise for the project.

n To donate contact Hannah at Yorkshire Bank on the High Street or Libby at Press Gang on London Road.