DOZENS of families enjoyed fun and games to celebrate the launch of a new village park.
A run-down playground and rusting play equipment in Shadforth, near Durham City, has been removed as part of a three-year project to create the new green open space.
A wetland area will encourage wildlife and solve drainage problems and new footpaths will improve access.
Visitors will be able to admire striking new wooden sculptures and enjoy a wildflower and meadow area.
The project was overseen by the village’s community association using money from several organisations, including a community spaces grant from Groundwork UK.
Community association member Lizzie Wallace said: “The site is now much more useful and interesting.
“Before, it was just boring, there was nowhere to sit and the play was a bit limited.
“It is not so muddy now and has become a nice place to be.”