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Makeover for York playground
9:50am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
Volunteers are being urged to revamp an adventure playground and provide facilities for parents and young children in the Bell Farm area of York.
York Cares, the employee-volunteering charity, is also asking local businesses to donate supplies and equipment including picnic benches, topsoil, paving slabs, paint and varnish for the challenge which takes place from October 8 to 10 at Bell Farm adventure playground.
Helen Green, at York Cares, said: “Bell Farm is an area of York with limited facilities and is historically one of the most disadvantaged parts of the city.
The Adventure Playground provides an open space, central to the local community. It is currently well used by eight to 13 year olds, but provides no facilities for parents with small children.
“The aim of the Big Community Challenge is to give a burst of support to the management committee of local residents who are desperate to see the space improved and turned into a multi-purpose area that can be used all year round by everyone.”
Under the guidance of Evora Construction, who will provide staffing and expertise, more than 150 volunteers from local businesses and schools will come together to build benches to create seating and picnic areas for families, construct and paint a shelter, create natural play areas and paved trails for young children, build raised beds for wild flowers, herbs and fruit, clear overgrown vegetation and install artwork created by children who use the park Teams of employees are being asked to volunteer for a three-hour slot, either morning or afternoon.
Staffing and planning support for the project is also being provided by Northern Rail, City of York Council and the Bell Farm Management Committee.
For inquiries or donations of materials, phone Helen at York Cares on 01904 323482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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