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Project launched to refurbish Ilkley playground

Project launched to refurbish Ilkley playground

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:57am 21st June 2019.

A project has been launched to refurbish a playground in Ilkley. 

  • The Ilkley Playground Project aims to raise £200,000 to refurbish the play area in Riverside Gardens 
  • It's been set up by local mum Rachel Robinson 
  • Before moving to Ilkley, Rachel helped raise £125,000 to refurbish the play area in Burley-in-Wharfedale 

The Ilkley Playground Project aims to raise £200,000 over the next 18 months to create a new play area in Riverside Gardens. 

Ilkley playground
The current state of the equipment in the playground
Ilkley playground
The project says the equipment is poor and wear and tear has taken its toll

Organisers say the money will be used to create a new playground which will include wheelchair accessible equipment. 

Local mum Rachel Robinson is behind in the project. 

Before moving to Ilkley, Rachel helped to raise £125,000 to refurbish a playground in Burley-in-Wharfedale.

Rachel said: 

"It was fantastic. 

"All year round they can go and enjoy the space. The equipment's not falling apart, they can just go and have the best time." 

Rachel hopes to emulate the campaign, which raised £120,000 within twelve months. 

She added: 

"So far we've got a project page up on Facebook, we've put the crowdfunding page out there. 

"What I could really do with is a charity number. In Burley-in-Wharfedale, the Burley-in-Wharfedale Community Trust let me go under their charity wing so we could apply for funding. 

"We got every piece of funding we applied for, which I know we can do in Ilkley, but I just need a charity number.

"If any local charities want to come forward and help us with that, that would be so helpful and beneficial." 

Rachel says the money will be to replace the ageing play equipment with brand new facilities.

She says an important aspect of the project is making the play area accessible to wheelchair users

Rachel added: 

"I've received a letter from a little boy called Alfie who's 11. 

"He's a wheelchair user and he describes the time he spends at the playground as a lonely time for him, as he's not able to use anything other than the roundabout or a swing.

"So it would be nice to be able to give him so much more equipment so when he's down there he feels involved and included in the community."

To donate and find out more about the project visit or search 'Ilkley Playground Project' on Facebook 

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