A group of local residents has joined forces in a new fundraising initiative to turn a dilapidated playground in St Albans into a fantastic new play facility.
The Friends of Victoria Playing Field (FVPF), who organise the annual Larks in the Parks on the site, have launched a fundraising appeal via crowdfunding platform Spacehive to raise £20,000 to help fund a new playground for children of all ages.
FVPF are working in partnership with St Albans District Council who have already pledged £44,000 which will replace current equipment in the playground. The additional £20,000 will be used to improve the playground even more, including using sustainable materials on the playground.
The Friends’ aim is to extend the range and type of play equipment. This will include new features such as a multi-play activity circuit with tower, slide, climbing, balancing and interactive elements. There will also be the more traditional swings, seesaws and climbing frame.
Local dad and Friends’ member Tim Leicester says, “We are hugely enthusiastic about installing equipment which will help children develop their physical skills and fitness in a fun environment. We understand that raising this amount of money will require a major effort but we have had an excellent early response with pledges ranging from £2 to £50 in the first few days. There is a long way to go and we hope the people of St Albans and maybe further afield will support us by giving their contributions – small or large – and be part of providing an improved play facility for current and future generations.”
For more information and to donate to the project visit: http://spacehive.com/StAlbansPlayground.
Follow the activities of the Friends on Facebook: facebook.com/fvpfstalbans or on Twitter: @friendsvpf