Families celebrate new village park

Barbara Hooker and Lizzie Wallace, right, at the official opening of the  Shadforth Play Area.

Barbara Hooker and Lizzie Wallace, right, at the official opening of the Shadforth Play Area.

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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.”