Sheringham playpark takes off with latest play equipment

Sheringham Playpark Revamp Appeal's new committee and youngsters. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Playpark Revamp Appeal's new committee and youngsters. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

A seven-strong committee of parents who teamed up nearly four years ago to raise funds for new equipment at Sheringham's Cromer Road playground signed out in supersonic style, when they unveiled a giant-sized 'rocket launch' climbing frame.

Six-year-old Maddie Fish tries out the new 'rocket launch' climbing frame at Sheringham's Cromer Roa

Six-year-old Maddie Fish tries out the new 'rocket launch' climbing frame at Sheringham's Cromer Road playground. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The group decided to hand over the reins of the appeal to a new team after raising more than £40,000 from grants, donations, and fundraising events ranging from fun days and cake sales, to an annual Easter bonnet parade.

Their efforts have not only transformed the run-down under fives area of the playground - which now has new equipment including picnic tables, a slide and roundabout - but also seen the junior area given a make-over, with a new bucket swing, football goals, resurfaced basketball court and giant rope swing.

Work on the latest addition to the playground - a £12,000 rocket-shaped climbing frame – was completed a few weeks ago and the new equipment scored an instant hit with children and teenagers.

Emma White, who plans to stay on as a committee member along with fellow founder member Rob Emery, said the original team wanted to add something with a 'wow factor' before stepping down.

Sheringham Playpark Revamp Appeal's new committee and youngsters with the 'rocket launch' climbing f

Sheringham Playpark Revamp Appeal's new committee and youngsters with the 'rocket launch' climbing frame, unveiled at the Cromer Road playground at the weekend. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant


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'On behalf of everyone, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to them all for all their hard work in getting the project off the ground and taking it to where it is today,' she added.

The new committee, made up of Mrs White, Mr Emery, former town mayor Tricia Brooks, town councillor Madeleine Ashcroft, Paula Chapman, Jules Adams and Clare Halesworth, has already begun thinking up fundraising ideas for more equipment.

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Mr White said: 'We really want to focus on inclusivity and our next project is a roundabout for less able children, as well as, in the future, a big feature piece and some outdoor gym equipment.'

To support Sheringham Playpark Revamp Appeal, email sheringhamplaypark@gmail.com or visit the group's Facebook page.

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