Egerton Park Improvement Committee (EPIC) in Bolton has secured a £49,949 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
The park, which serves a population of approximately 13,500 people, was gifted to the community by a local factory owner in 1914. In its centenary year, the committee worked tirelessly to secure funding for improvements to create a vibrant, modern and stimulating play area for local children.
The Enhancement and Improvement project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, will replace the current outdated and broken children's play equipment and the damaged play surface. New equipment will include an olympic swing; zingo see saw, olympic basket swing; trampoline; mission glide and target; butterfly roundabout; multi-play section and a storm roundabout.
Following the completion of the project works the committee hopes the developments will reignite children’s imaginations whilst reassuring parents that the area is now safe and secure.
David Greenhalgh, Committee Member, Egerton Park Improvement Committee said:
“The effect the grant and the subsequent effect of the new play area will have on the local community cannot be underestimated. The community of Egerton is like a family with the local park at its heart. The children have been involved in this bid from the outset, as have parents and grandparents. Without doubt, our community will be revitalised, encouraging more people to visit the park and on a more regular basis. If communities pull together, they can make a real difference to the areas where they live.”
Freya Hampton (aged 10), said:
“We have been working hard as a community to raise funds to improve our park. I have enjoyed helping the bag packing at ASDA and other fundraising events. I am so excited to see the new equipment on the park this year, thank you Biffa Award.”
Max Hampson (aged 6), said:
“I think the park is going to look fabulous.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community. The enhancement and improvement project will provide the first step in the provision of an exciting recreation space for use by local people for many years to come.”