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 

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Stray FM

Newer article

Stolen quad bikes recovered after police pursuit

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: North Yorkshire Police is reminding owners to be vigilant.

Older article

TV series to capture the spirit of Harrogate at Christmas

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Organisers of the annual lights switch-on working with producers of the hit Channel 5 series 'the Yorkshire Vet'

Top articles

Most dangerous new drivers on UK roads revealed

National: A new study has revealed the UK regions with the most dangerous newly qualified drivers.

Pregnant woman killed by dogs during hunt in French forest

World: A pregnant woman was killed by several dogs in a forest in northern France, investigators say.

The Knitting and Stitching Show is BACK!

Lifestyle: Returning to Harrogate Convention Centre.

Mark Sampson charged for alleged racist abuse by FA despite Stevenage investigation

Sport: Former England Women manager and current Stevenage caretaker boss Mark Sampson has been charged with alleged racist abuse by the FA.

Julia Roberts 'was first choice' to play black abolitionist Harriet Tubman

Showbiz: Julia Roberts was the first actress to be suggested to play the role of slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman, according to the scriptwriter of a film about her life.

WATCH: 43 Minutes of Queen in the 70s

70s: The band's team have put together highlights of the their early career including some iconic performances.

Private Harrogate health service putting money back into NHS

Business: Harrogate Harlow is based at Harrogate District Hospital.

You're being asked to Bake for Heroes

Charity Hub: TV chef is encouraging you join in!

How does your nativity role affect your future?

Christmas: A study suggests there might just be a link...

Yorkshire Comic Art Festival comes to Harrogate

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: It's on at Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough and Skipton libraries.

Yorkshire Comic Art Festival comes to Harrogate

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: It's on at Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough and Skipton libraries.

Considering sixth-form?

Lifestyle: St Aidan's and St John Fisher Associated Sixth Form offers a unique post-16 experience.

Hairy, spiky, round and knobbly cucumbers at Harlow Carr

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The recent hot weather's produced some unusual looking items.

Local school success in green poem competition

Education: To celebrate Stray FM's Green Month.

Harrogate Flower show on the move

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: From 2020, the autumn event relocates to Newby Hall, Ripon.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

Harrogate Monopoly out today - who made the board?

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Your family's most/least favourite game is now available with Harrogate landmarks - did your favourite make the cut?

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

UCI: Big clean up begins in Harrogate

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: It follows 9-days' worth of cycling action in Harrogate.

Do you do advent calendars?