Play area unveiled after a £100,000 makeover

Official opening of the new children's play area at Wyke recriation ground.'From the left, Friends of Wyke Recreation Ground, Maureen Stirk, chairman Stephen Cain, Peter Walker, Jakki Sephton, treasurer Roy Sephton and Beverley Shutak, with councillors Sarah Ferriby, David Warburton and David Robinson.
Official opening of the new children's play area at Wyke recriation ground.'From the left, Friends of Wyke Recreation Ground, Maureen Stirk, chairman Stephen Cain, Peter Walker, Jakki Sephton, treasurer Roy Sephton and Beverley Shutak, with councillors Sarah Ferriby, David Warburton and David Robinson.

A PLAY area in Wyke was officially opened at the weekend after a thorough makeover costing almost £100,000.

Friends of Wyke Recreational Ground managed to secure funding from several organisations to update and refurbish the play area in Huddersfield Road.

And to celebrate the transformation, which has been around five years in the pipeline, they invited Clifton and Lightcliffe Junior Band to perform and had a champagne reception.

Committee member Peter Walker said the childrens equipment needed replacing with modern equipment and the floor surface was made safe.

“Two of our committee members recently died so we decided to dedicate it to these two people, Trevor Wilkinson and John Russell, and thought it was appropriate for their grandchildren to do the official opening of the play area,” he said.

The group secured funding from the Big Lottery Community Spaces, Veolia Environmental Trust, Bradford Council and money raised by the committee.

Mr Walker said all their hard work over the years had finally paid off. “We were delighted with the response from people. It was always used quite extensively but on Saturday the rugby club was having their practise and the play area was busy with lots of children so it was amazing to see.”