Sunderland playground set for major overhaul

Pictured at The Hollow playpark, Westheath Avenue, Grangetown, Sunderland, which is due to be regenerated as part of the Britvic Transform Your Patch project are l-r catherine Liftus of Gentoo, Claiure Hutchinson of Groundwork North East, Ray Grainger chairman local customer panel Gentoo, Kelly Dodd of Gentoo.

Pictured at The Hollow playpark, Westheath Avenue, Grangetown, Sunderland, which is due to be regenerated as part of the Britvic Transform Your Patch project are l-r catherine Liftus of Gentoo, Claiure Hutchinson of Groundwork North East, Ray Grainger chairman local customer panel Gentoo, Kelly Dodd of Gentoo.

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A PLAYGROUND on Wearside is set to undergo a major overhaul as part of a national regeneration scheme.

The Hollow play park, in Grangetown, will benefit from the Transform Your Patch project, which aims to improve up to 165 outdoor spaces across the country.

The move follows research which showed that families believe access to outdoor space is “vital to the sense of spirit and connection within a community”.

Traditional games, play facilities and seating areas will be built as part of the work, which is expected to begin later this year.

The scheme is a partnership between community charity Groundwork and soft drink manufacturers Britvic and PepsiCo.

Claire Hutchinson, senior project officer at Groundwork North East, said: “We’re thrilled to be part of the Transform Your Patch campaign this year.

“We hope that the campaign will inspire the local people to rally together to create a playground which benefits the community for years to come.

“The programme is a great example of major brands taking their role within communities seriously and highlights the importance of our green spaces and working with young people.

“Consultation is starting with residents this week and we hope to have work on site starting later on in the year.

“We are also really happy to be once again working alongside the landowner Gentoo, who we are delivering this project in partnership with and who kindly donated match funding from their Devolved Budget.

The playground and surrounding estate is overseen by Wearside-based property firm Gentoo, which has given its backing to the project.

Ian Porter, managing director of the organisation, said: “Our Devolved Budget Scheme gives our five Local Customer Panels the opportunity to allocate funding to schemes within their neighbourhoods that they feel will benefit the local community.

“We are delighted to be working with Groundwork to provide a space for young people and families to enjoy.

“At Gentoo we are committed to improving the lives of those living and working in our communities and this initiative can only help us to do that.”

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