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Work on Workington park now complete

24 March 2014

Allerdale Borough Council is celebrating the completion of pathway work to a Workington park, which was made possible from a £25,000 funding boost from SITA Trust’s QEII Fields Fund.

The ‘Pathways for People’ project has seen Workington’s Vulcan Park transformed with the existing play facilities and bowling club revamped and now the addition of a new path, which can also be used as a running track.

The Council is due to complete the last stages of the makeover before Easter by installing RUNENGLAND running markers around the new pathways, which highlight opportunities for people to carry out 1km runs or cycle rides.

Previously, the paths in the park were not suitable for running on due to a number of issues including loose sections, which despite being regularly fixed, used to crumble after each particularly cold spell of weather. Navigating the old pathways was also difficult for people with mobility issues such as wheelchair users, and people with young children in pushchairs. 

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Locality Services, said: “We have already had lots of positive comments from members of the public on the new paths and they’re really pleased with the finished result. Not only does the park look better, and is much more accessible to all, there are now extra opportunities for the growing number of people who are taking to exercising outdoors in a bid to improve their fitness levels.

“We are grateful to the SITA Trust, whose support has helped to enhance and preserve Vulcan Park for future generations of residents who we hope will get many years of enjoyment out of the new facilities.”

Marek Gordon CEO and Chairman of SITA Trust added “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”

Helen Griffith's, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said "We are thrilled that Vulcan Park has been successful in its application to receive funding through this fantastic opportunity from SITA Trust.  The generous support that SITA Trust have already provided through their QEII Fields Fund has been hugely popular and it is great to see even more QEII Fields receiving substantial grants to improve their facilities, keeping their sites fit for the future."

SITA Trust set up the funding programme for sites that have been guaranteed legal protection for at least 99 years having been granted Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field status from Fields in Trust. Funding is available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.

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