AN ongoing project to improve a formerly unused area of a park has reached another milestone with the delivery of three new picnic benches.
The Friends of Ward Jackson Park, in the West Park area of Hartlepool, have been fundraising to rake in cash to improve the old putting green and transform it into a picnic and play area for smaller children and toddlers.
And after having a number of logs installed for the youngsters to clamber on and improve their balancing skills, the group have now had three new black metal picnic benches installed in the new area.
The benches cost £750 each and money to pay for them was raised through cash donated at various park events, and also from the local councillors’ ward budget.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s Park’s and Countryside volunteer team have carried out most of the work in the area.
Today, Jane Roll, chairman of The Friends of Ward Jackson Park, said the group were delighted with the progress they were making but hoped to raise enough cash for another two benches to complete the area for now.
She said: “We’re really pleased with them, and there’s space for another two so we’re hoping to be able to raise enough funds for that.
“They are quite expensive with them being metal but it will finish the area off nicely.”
Jane added: “It’s a lovely area which was being unused.
“A few people who I know who have little children said they couldn’t really have picnics on the big grassed area in the centre of the park because there was always older children playing football or running around or whatever, which is obviously fine.
“But we just thought it would be nice to create somewhere for the smaller children to go with their parents where they can keep an eye on them and not worry about them being knocked over.
“The wooden logs have been in for quite a while now, but now we have the benches it’s somewhere for parents to sit or people to eat.”