£70,000 hopes for new play area at park

An artist's impression of the park
An artist's impression of the park
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Youngsters playing on two acres of parkland in Poulton will soon be enjoying new equipment.

A campaign has been launched to renovate the play area at The Jean Stansfield Memorial and Vicarage Park, off Station Road, to the tune of £70,000.

Steph Hasty, from the park’s Friends Of group, said: “We’ve been successful over the past few years with fundraising and events and managed to receive funding for lighting, a new pathway, planting, and the toddler play area.

“Our intention is now to fund-raise for the junior play area and raise a further £70,000 through grant-funding, fund-raising, and events for the park.”

The park, which serves two high schools and four primary schools in less than a mile radius, was left to the people of Poulton by the Stansfield family in 1926.

It was bequeathed in memory of young Jean Stansfield, who died at the age of 10.

The volunteer-run group has already raised £5,000 through a Shaping Your Neighbourhood grant towards two new flat swings and a basket swing, which will be installed ‘shortly’.

But Steph added: “We still have a long way to go to raise the total for the entire area. We have launched a Just Giving page to raise a further £5,000 in 14 days on Facebook.

“Anyone can donate from as little as £1 to support our cause and we would be very grateful for any donation.”

The group meets every six weeks and is looking for new volunteers.

Visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/poultonpark or search on Facebook for for ‘The Friends of Jean Stansfield’.