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Burley-in-Wharfedale playground opens after community campaign

Burley-in-Wharfedale playground opens after community campaign

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 7:02am 11th May 2017. (Updated at 4:20pm 11th May 2017)

A brand new playground has opened in Burley-in-Wharfedale, thanks to a fundraising campaign launched by a local mum. 

Rachael Robinson started the project last year, saying the space in Grange Park had become dilapidated and an eyesore. 

Rachael called on the community to help her raise the cash to refurbish the playground, and within 12 months, the village had the £120,000 needed to carry out the work. 

Burley-in-Wharfedale playground

The brand new playground (above), compared to February last year (below) 

Burley-in-Wharfedale playground

Rachael said: "I feel relieved. I'm glad it's over, but I think I'm going to miss it as well, because it had such a community vibe. All the fundraising events, the atmosphere in the village as it was going on, the excitement to see what it was going to look like. But it's a huge weight off my shoulders!"

Since the playground opened last week, Rachael says it's been busy. 

She added: "There's just a constant stream of happy faces. It's really nice to see people staying for a couple of hours, whereas before people were staying for 20 minutes, half an hour. That was more than enough time in the old playground, because the equipment wasn't as good, it was muddy and just a bit of an eyesore really."

Rachael has also made sure the playground is wheelchair accessible, with some of the equipment suitable for disabled children. 

She said: "The feedback's been brilliant, particularly from people whose children couldn't come to the park before."

burley in wharfedale playground

burley in wharfedale playground

More photos of the new playground in Grange Park