ROCHFORD residents have been making use of a refurbished park, despite autumnal weather setting in.
Great Wakering Recreation Ground was given a £55,000 makeover after Rochford Council secured £45,000 funding from the Enovert Community Trust, then contributed £10,000 of its own funding.
The cash was spent on new play equipment for children aged 2 – 14, plus outdoor gym equipment for adults.
The council said it aimed to carry out £1million worth of similar playground upgrades over the next three years.
Stroke survivor Janya Karnganawong, 47, from Great Wakering, said she had already started making use of the gym equipment.
She said: “I had a stroke in 2015 and was unable to walk afterwards. The team of physios that have been helping me have been great, but they recommended that I also keep active.
“I now use the equipment here every day. I love coming here and everyone is so friendly.”
Arthur Williams, portfolio holder for the environment, said he was ‘delighted’ the new equipment was being put to good use.
He said: “I look forward to opening many more place spaces during this three-year programme, providing a range of imaginative, active and social play opportunities for our children and grandchildren.”
*Rochford Council announced last week that Rochford Recreation Ground would be the next to receive an upgrade.
The Suez Communities Trust has donated £45,400, which the council will top up with another £10,000.
The authority said the cash would be spent on a ‘modern play facility’, focused on ‘creative play’ to ‘encourage young people to be active in using their imagination, as well as their physical skills’.