Fun day plans for The Stray

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THE grand opening of The Stray at Lightcliffe will take place this Saturday.

Work, organised by Friends of the Stray, a group of parents and residents, has been taking place to refurbish the play area over the last two months.

With the funding, £45,000 in total, the group has managed to install a standing stone (similar to a climbing wall), a free rider, two climbing frames, and some swings.

The opening event was due to take place on May 19 but had to be postponed due to the bad weather.

The area is now finished and will be opened at 1pm by Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band. There will be a display by West Yorkshire Police Dogs Team, a prize draw and the official opening at 1.45pm, a blind football tournament, three-legged races before the event is closed by Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band at 2.45pm. Between 2pm and 3pm a fire engine will be attending.

Also among the activities is face painting, a tombola and a raffle.

Further improvements had been planned for the park but the ideas had to be dropped because the group were unsuccessful with an application for £50,000 grant aid.

But the group is determined not to give up on its plight to improve the area and is hoping that it will be able to secure an extra £7,000 for some goals and boulders and £3,000 for the willow arches and natural play elements.

The group has the full backing and support from Councillor Graham Hall (Con, Hipp/Light).

“I am really pleased with the work done by the Friends of the Stray in pulling this project together and for the funding that we were able to obtain from the Council. It is a credit to local parents and the staff involved from the council,” he said.