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Hapton’s £60,000 new park opens

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Hundreds of youngsters and their families enjoyed a grand day out at Hapton’s new £60,000 park.

More than 200 people flocked to the new-look Hapton Recreation Ground over the Easter weekend.

There was a fun fair, a bouncy castle, a disco, fun activities and even a barbecue at the grand opening of the park in Ruskin Grove.

Burnley Mayor and Mayoress Coun. Frank and Gillian Cant officially opened the new play area which includes a 30ft zip wire, a space net and a skatepark half pipe.

Youngsters took part in an Easter bonnet competition and there was an egg hunt with more than 50 chocolate eggs handed out.

Coun. Jean Cunningham said: “It was an absolutely superb day. It was really, really busy. There was more than 200 people there and lots of families and children enjoying the day.

“The children absolutely loved it. We are very grateful to Asda for donating Easter eggs.”

A stall on the day helped raise £211 which will go to fund new toys for the park’s sandpit.

The park off Ruskin Grove has replaced a former bowling green and also features traditional play equipment including swings, slides and roundabouts.

The play area cost £60,194 with £38,972 awarded by The Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund and £22,693 contributed by Hapton Parish Council and Burnley Borough Council’s Ward Opportunities Fund.

 

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