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Thurmaston P.C. – Silverdale Park Wins Award

Thurmaston Parish Council are delighted to have won an award for a play area which they have recently had refurbished by Play & Leisure. The ‘Don’t Muck Around’ Award 2013, was awarded to Thurmaston Parish Council in the communities category for the most improved community space.

The project which was designed by local children and young people from the area, beat stiff competition to win the coveted prize, beating projects in Shepshed, Crospton & Thurcaston, Hathern and other community garden projects at Howe Road.

Tracey Kunne, Clerk for Thurmaston Parish Council commented,

“The original play park was dated and was no longer providing an effective play experience. Some of the equipment had fallen into disrepair. Coincidently, in March last year, Junior STEP, the school council which includes pupil representatives from all schools in Thurmaston and surrounding villages, approached the parish council and explained that they would like to design a fictional playground, their ‘Dream Park’. So…The project began…and less than 12 months later, with the support of the local community and the success of a grant funding bid, the Parish Council were able to progress the project…and the dream became a reality. We are delighted to have won this award and it is the culmination of a lot of hard work.”

A representative from STEP commented,

“This has been a really great project involving a number of schools and young people. As part of STEP school council we talked to our schools about what we would like to have on an engaging and exciting park. We then as a council, met regularly, planned the selected equipment to make the best possible park, using aspects from the competition winners design. We have now seen the end result. We would like to thank Thurmaston Parish Council, Charnwood Borough Council, and Play and Leisure for all of their support throughout the project.”

James Baldry, Area Manager for Play & Leisure commented,

“The park has proved to be a big success, and really has demonstrated what the local community can achieve when they unite together. We are pleased that the park has been well received, and we are delighted to have been involved in this worthwhile project.”