Release Date: 11-Dec-2012
A derelict garage site in Golcar has been transformed into an oasis of green, much to the delight of local residents.
The “pocket park” on Laburnum Grove has been developed by KNH, working with Groundwork Wakefield, tenants, residents and ward councillors. It was made possible by funding from the Council`s Narrowing the Gap funding and from Britvic, the Huddersfield soft drinks company.
The park was opened by Cllr Hilary Richards
The park came about after extensive consultation with the local community about improvements they want to see in the area. It is part of a wider regeneration project, which aims to improve both the physical surroundings, give the local people a greater pride and active involvement in their community.
The work builds on other investment in the homes, which has included thermal rendering and insulation, improvements to fencing, parking provision and landscaping. As a result, the area is growing in popularity and more people are now expressing interest in living there.
Children from nearby Beech School were directly involved in the project by taking part in design workshops. Some of the children’s designs have been incorporated into the fencing that borders the park.
Jacky Thomas, KNH Neighbourhood Operations Manager, said: “the park is a lovely community resource and is testament to the hard work of the local tenants and residents association and other community representatives.
“We were especially pleased to be able to involve local children in the project and hope that being engaged in this way will encourage them to take an active role in their communities in the future.”
The park was officially opened by Cllr Hilary Richards, at an event attended by representatives from the local community, KNH and Groundwork.