Community joy as playgrounds win lottery funding
23 January 2019
We have successfully bid for £200,000 of National Lottery funding to support eight new playground projects.
The lottery grant will boost funds raised by local community groups and is a welcome addition to almost £1 million which we have invested in parks and play areas over the past five years.
We applied to the Big Lottery Fund to support playground projects in Kendal, Grasmere, Ambleside, Ulverston, Windermere and Sedbergh where we are working in partnership with local community groups.
We will receive the money over the next two years.
Councillor Dyan Jones, our Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “The Big Lottery funds projects which demonstrate successful partnership working and community involvement, so this is fantastic news for all the dedicated and hardworking residents who are helping the council to improve their local playgrounds.
“The money will make a huge difference, enabling us to complete some of the exciting projects which we are already working on and start transforming and other playgrounds at least six months earlier than we’d expected.”
The Big Lottery money has already been allocated. It means five projects which will share £140,000 are now fully funded:
- Abbot Hall Playground, Kendal
- Broadgate Meadow Playground, Grasmere
- Castlefield and Greenbank Playground, Ambleside
- Rayrigg Meadow Playground, Windermere
- Maryfell Playground, Sedbergh.
The lottery money will also contribute £60,000 to a further three projects which will still require further funding:
- Lightburn Park Playground, Ulverston
- North Lonsdale Road Playground, Ulverston
- Queen’s Park Playground, Windermere.
“Behind each of these projects is a friends’ group, a village society, a residents’ association a town council or a parish council who get involved in consultation, fund-raising and design work. The council couldn’t do it without them but working together we can provide the playgrounds which our communities need and deserve,” added Cllr Jones.
The Friends of Abbot Hall, who launched a crowdfunding appeal to help raise money for a new and improved playground in Kendal, say the Big Lottery funding has helped them to achieve their target.
Melissa Lovett, a parent and member of the friends’ group, said: “We are delighted to have reached our goal in raising £120,000 for the new playground. We can’t wait for the next phase to begin and look forward to having a wonderful new playground in place for the summer.”
Our Parks and Open Spaces department made the successful bid for lottery funding as part of its Pennies and Pounds Make Fun Playgrounds project.
One of our key priorities is to promote better health and wellbeing, recognising that playgrounds and open spaces are important for children and adults too.
“Free, public playgrounds encourage physical fitness in children and help to develop their social skills, such as how to share equipment and play in a way that keeps others safe.
“Open spaces and play areas are also great for parents, grandparents and carers, allowing them to enjoy the outdoors, the fresh air and the opportunity to socialise,” added Cllr Jones.
We manage and maintain 61 playgrounds and eight Multi-use Games Areas or MUGAs.
The Friends of Abbot Hall celebrating the Big Lottery news at Abbot Hall play area in Kendal.