Middleham play park to get £44,000 upgrade

A play park in Middleham is set to get a £44,000 upgrade.

The town council has attracted external funding for a major revamp of the older children’s play area in Park Lane.

A residents’ survey had indicated overwhelming support for new equipment aimed at nine to 13-year-olds and an ambitious design was drawn up by council sub-committee headed by resident Kathy Wheele.

A xastle climbing frame will be installed which will include two slides, monkey bars and fireman’s pole.

The existing swing will be replaced and it is hoped to relocate the older swing elsewhere.

The total value of the new installation is £44,600 plus VAT that council will recover.

A council spokesperson said that altogether £41,750 of external funding was secured from three sources and the authority wanted to thank the following organisations for their generosity.

  • Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund £21,750
  • Richmondshire District Council Play Park Funding Scheme 2021-22 £10,000
  • National Lottery Awards for All £10,000

The town council will make a contribution of £5,258.

Instruction has been given to Streetscape, the chosen supplier, to manufacture the equipment at its factory in Selby North Yorkshire.

Subject to lead times and weather, it is hoped to install the equipment by March next year.

The council plans to have an official opening ceremony.