Ilkeston park upgrade given thumbs-up by locals

Mayor of Broxtowe Borough Council and The Mayor of Stapleford Town Council joined Councillor Richard MacRae to officially reopen the Ilkeston Road Recreation Ground today after �49,999 worth of improvements.
Mayor of Broxtowe Borough Council and The Mayor of Stapleford Town Council joined Councillor Richard MacRae to officially reopen the Ilkeston Road Recreation Ground today after �49,999 worth of improvements.

Councillor Richard MacCrae says the five-figure revamp to the Ilkeston Road Recreation Ground is a big boost for the area.

The Mayor of Broxtowe Borough Council and The Mayor of Stapleford Town Council joined Mr MacRae to officially reopen the park after nearly £50,000 worth of improvements.

The money was a grant which Stapleford Community Group, of which Mr MacRae is an organiser, received from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd).

The group worked alongside Broxtowe Borough Council and Groundwork Greater Nottingham to bring this project to life.

Speaking after the unveiling, which saw a new path built and play equipment installed, Coun. MacCrae said: “We listened to what the community said and it has been a joint project, which was nice.

“The improvements took a lot of time but the park looks a lot better then it was.

“There’s now a path around the park.

“We had a fair few people turn up on the day of the unveiling.

“Everyone was happy with it and the kids were busy playing on the new equipment.

“It’s ideal for dog walkers too, with the new path.”

Despite the raft of changes, Coun. MacRae says the group is still looking to improve a patch of land adjacent to the park.

He added: “We’re actually looking for another grant for a bit of land nearby.

“Our plan is to use it for an exercise area, using old tyres.

“We’re not finished just yet.

“This is just the beginning.

“It’s all about working together with the local community.”

For more information on the group, visit their website at www.staplefordcommunitygroup.org.uk.