Community celebrates refurbished play area

Children and adults at Watermill Drive, St Leonards, are celebrating the completion of a newly refurbished play area thanks to a joint collaboration between three organisations and the hard work of local volunteers.

The project, which cost around £!0,000, was made possible thanks to donations of time, money and materials.

Mitie contributed over £9,000 as part of their ongoing community investment commitment for Orbit housing association communities and Tesco provided almost £1,000.

Forty people, including staff from the three organisations and local people from the community, volunteered their time over the summer to completely transform the park.

Watermill Drive resident Katie Guenigault, says she’s delighted with the refurbished park and it will be enjoyed by many.

“In addition to providing new landscaping, planters and a bench, the project team also added a new basketball hoop and refreshed a hopscotch area,” she said.

“What was once a tired and disused area, has now become the hub of the neighbourhood!

“It is great to see a fantastic park area that has been created for all the children to play and enjoy.

“Thank you to everyone who made this happen.”

Tracy Barrow, Project Manager for Orbit South’s Property Investment team says they are really pleased with the results.

“At Orbit, we don’t just provide and maintain homes. We’re all about building communities and this project is a great example of what can be accomplished when people work together to create something for their local neighbourhood,” she said.

“I really hope everyone living locally enjoys the play area for years to come!”

Simon Church, Senior Partnership Manager for Housing at MITIE extended a ‘huge thank you’ to all those involved and for all the effort and tireless enthusiasm that everyone had shown to ensure the Watermill Drive play area could be completed.

He added: “Although it was a challenge at times because of unpredictable weather, I’m so pleased we were able to give something back to the community.”

And Lisa Noon, Community Champion for Tesco Hastings Extra, said: “We are delighted to part of this local project to inject new life into a local playground.

“We hope that the donation of a basketball hoop and a bench along with our manpower has helped. “We very much want local communities to be brought together to lead healthier lives, create opportunities for young people and we know that by engaging in this sort of project, we can make a difference.”