Emsworth children have been given the gift of a new play park this Christmas, thanks to the efforts of Havant Borough Council and local charity Verity’s Gift.
The new play area in Emsworth Recreation Ground is now open and offers fun, exciting, and inclusive play for children of all abilities and ages to play and learn together.
The £85,000 refurbishment is supported by funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy, Section 106 developers’ contributions and funds raised by Verity’s Gift through undertaking challenges and obtaining community funding. Donations to the charity came from many local organisations and businesses, including a very generous donation from the J Pritchard Trust.
The final design was informed by community consultation undertaken in October 2020 and is complimented by newly-installed fencing. An official opening event is currently being planned for January.
Councillor Gwen Robinson, Havant Borough Council’s Cabinet Lead for Affordable Housing, Communities and CIL, said: “It’s wonderful to see the new play park open and ready for children in time for Christmas.
“The park looks fantastic and it will be a great way for young families to enjoy some fresh air and exercise.
“Thank you also to Verity’s Gift which did so much to get this worthwhile project off the ground.”
George Turner, of Verity’s Gift, a charity set up to help to local causes, said: “This has been a long time in the making and to finally see it finished is quite overwhelming.
“This is truly an amazing legacy in honour of Verity and on behalf of the trustees of Verity’s Gift, we are so happy to see this project complete. We would like to thank everybody that somehow contributed towards the play park.
“It’s been truly amazing how the community has got behind this project and we look forward to seeing children playing in the park.”
Contributions from the community included donations from: J Pritchard Trust, Treagust's Butchers, The Emsworth Residents Association, Emsworth Co-op, Cafe Moka, Rowlands Castle Golf Club, Jonathon Ditton Salons and Vin Wines.