Toddlers play park is just the beginning of improvements in Bungay
- Credit: Nick Butcher
There were good reasons to celebrate at Bungay last weekend as the first stage of new community facilities were officially opened.
Some years ago Waveney District Council's Play Partnership team identified Bungay's play provision as 'very poor'.
Since then the town council has striven to improve those facilities which already exists.
It was proposed too that Bungay should also have a 'destination play park', adjacent to the popular Skateboard Park, that would attract children from both the town and district.
It has taken a long time to get permission to base this development on the Old Grammar School field off St John's Road, as part of a new Community Centre complex that will replace the old building in Upper Olland Street.
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As part of this installation, phase 1: the toddlers play park has now been achieved.
'A whole series of organisations and individuals must be congratulated for their fund-raising efforts to make this possible.
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'In no particular order, thanks must go to Adnams, the Geoffrey Watling Charity, the Border Gym Club, the Rosedale Funeral Home (Bungay branch), the Bungay Youth Association and previous Bungay Mayors and Reeves John Warnes, Judy Cloke, Michael Davies, plus the county council's Empowering Communities Fund supported by councillor David Ritchie's locality budget,' said Martin Evans, one of the organisers behind the project.
The next stage early in the New Year will be the appearance of the Junior Play Park, with such awe-inspiring kit as viper rope and cumulus basket swings and an orbit roundabout, among others.
'Once that is complete, the work on the new centre will begin, providing Bungay at last with a large community resource in the centre of the town, with facilities for the youngest to the most veteran of citizens in our district and beyond,' said Mr Evans.