50k raised for revamp of Victoria Playing Field’s play area, but thousands still needed

The concept plan for the Victoria Playing Fields play area

The concept plan for the Victoria Playing Fields play area

Archant

A fundraising effort to drum up money for a new play area has topped £50,000 but more than £13,000 is still needed if the community group are to receive any of it.

Friends of the Victoria Playing Field (FVPF) are a group of St Albans residents trying to revamp an existing playground on Victoria Playing Fields.

The money needed for the replacement totals £63,809, and as of Monday (4) more than £50,000 has been raised.

The sum follows contributions from local businesses and residents together with a £44,000 grant from St Albans district council - but if the FVPF are to receive any of it, they must fundraise the £63,809 in full as part of crowdfunding rules.

Aline Reading, volunteer at the project said: “You don’t actually realise how much these things cost until you start planning something like this yourself.

“Having a good playground facility is not only beneficial for children’s development, it also helps in building a community feel, a place where people can meet and want to spend time in.

“Friends of Victoria Playing Field have come together to put together an amazing proposal, using suitable materials which will blend in with the natural feel of the field. We’re very close to meeting our target, but still have a long way to go. We’re hoping more local businesses will support the appeal.”

Current plans include installing a climbing frame for children aged five-13, an activity circuit with tower, slide and climbing elements, play panels, cradle swing, springers, and see-saw among other things.

The group has until February 20 to raise the money; click here to donate.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Herts Advertiser visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Herts Advertiser staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Herts Advertiser account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

17:07
Police, fire crews and paramedics attended the collision in St Albans

Firefighters from St Albans Fire Station were called to help extract people believed to be trapped following a two-car collision in Holywell Hill this afternoon (Thursday).

Maryland Convent on Townsend Drive

A controversial application to demolish a former convent and build blocks of retirement flats is still without resolution.

16:05
Nearly there: Over 500 cubic metres of foamed concrete have now been poured into the sinkhole in Fontmell Close, St Albans. Photo courtesy of Ringway

A series of possible remedial measures are now being considered by the county council to finish capping the 12-metre wide sinkhole in St Albans and fix the damaged road.

12:53
This week's editor's comment...

When the country went to the polls in the 1975 referendum, 70.4 per cent of those who voted in Herts opted to stay in the European Economic Community, But since then the overwhelming support of the 1970s has been replaced with a growing euroscepticism.

Arrive in style with the Cabrio Sprinter

Award-winning local coach operator Whites St Albans is continuing to strive for excellence while standing out from the crowd by adding to its existing fleet of luxury vehicles.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up