New play equipment revealed at Johnston Recreation Ground, Willaston

16 December 2020

Children in Willaston will be excited to see the new large piece of play equipment that has been installed at Johnston Recreation Ground, thanks to a grant from funding body FCC Communities Foundation.

The funding for the new equipment has been secured from FCC’s Community Action Fund, together with match funding secured by the Willaston Residents and Countryside Society (WR&CS), Cheshire West and Chester Council and a contribution from the local ward member’s budget.

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “I am delighted with the news that the new play equipment is now installed at the play area and I must thank the hard work of the Willaston Residents and Countryside Society working in partnership with the Council to secure the funding needed for the new equipment. Well done all.

“Green spaces and play areas play an important role in our communities for the contribution they make to health and wellbeing especially during these challenging times.”

Sarah Shannon, Secretary of Willaston Residents’ and Countryside Society said: “This is the final stage of a plan to improve the play area which has taken seven years.  We know that children locally have been watching the new equipment being installed with great excitement and we are sure it will be well used.”

Richard Smith (Senior Grant Manager) FCC Communities Foundation Ltd said: “It’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to children and young people in Willaston. FCC Communities Foundation is delighted to be involved in this final phase of improvements at Johnston Recreation Ground. We are happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

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