Group aims to revitalise park

At Woodshouse Lane Play Area, Ratrick are Sharon Berry, Hazwl Cook with three year old Oascar Pollard, Ruth Ferris and Jo Pearson.
At Woodshouse Lane Play Area, Ratrick are Sharon Berry, Hazwl Cook with three year old Oascar Pollard, Ruth Ferris and Jo Pearson.

A group of parents are banding together to get vital funding and improve a community play area.

Woodhouse Lane play area is in need of an uplift so the group, who know each other through nursery and Woodhouse School, decided to do something about it.

“The play equipment is old, uninspiring and very limited. We know it’s going to be challenging and not a quick fix, but what we are working towards will be brilliant.” - Hazel Cooke

Hazel Cooke, from the group, said it is a popular area but no more funding is available from Calderdale Council to make any upgrades.

“The play equipment is old, uninspiring and very limited. It’s not accessible and it does nothing to bring the community together in an area where the local shop and school playground are the only other ‘community’ areas,” she said.

“There is a long list of reasons we all love having a local park and wanted to do something to improve ours. We know it’s going to be challenging and not a quick fix, but what we are working towards will be brilliant.”

The aim is to create a modern, accessible, multi-age play facility and community space. The wish list includes provision for young, primary school and older children, seating/benches, a community garden, outdoor gym items and provision for the young at heart.

“It’s very early days but the support from the community has been encouraging. The changes won’t happen overnight, but there is definite progress,” she said.

Anyone interested in supporting the group can visit its website, www.woodhouseplayarea.co.uk.