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

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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.

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