Fun times ahead after park revamp

Oliver Massey, 11, on the new playgroudn equipment
Oliver Massey, 11, on the new playgroudn equipment

A PLAYGROUND has been transformed after a £50,000 makeover and a healthy dose of community spirit.

Just months ago Pellon recreation ground was an abused piece of land, covered in dog mess and with battered, broken play equipment.

But now it has been brought back to life thanks to the government-funded Playbuilder scheme.

The solo slide and damaged swings have been replaced with shiny new play equipment and the land has been cleaned up.

Tens of families went along to enjoy the sun-drenched official opening.

As well as support from local councillors, including Jennifer Pearson (Lib Dem, Warley) Stretchgate fish shop donated drinks to keep the kids hydrated as they played.

Calderdale Council’s playground manager Mick Wilby said: “We have had fantastic support from everyone including our elected members. It’s been a wonderful community effort and long may it continue.”

Action for Pellon Community group are continuing the good work and are ver close to securing another £48,000 which would pay to fully landscape the site and buy mini goalposts for the football pitch.

Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative have also been involved. Tony King, from the group, said: “We just want people to use it, look after it, and support it.”