Refurbished play park ‘a triumph’ say Bourne mums

Kate Harding, left, and Laura Tilley, who run the 'Dare to be Different' group in Bourne, at a new inclusive play area on Recreation Road in Bourne.'Photo: MSMP180913-028ow
Kate Harding, left, and Laura Tilley, who run the 'Dare to be Different' group in Bourne, at a new inclusive play area on Recreation Road in Bourne.'Photo: MSMP180913-028ow

A group campaigning for more play equipment for disabled children is celebrating after the £50,000 refurbishment of a Bourne park.

Dare to Be Different, a social support group for parent carers, has been working for two years to bring more play equipment suitable for both disabled and fully able children in Bourne.

Last month a new inclusive play area on Recreation Road in Bourne was completed.

For Laura Tilley and Kate Harding, who run Dare to be Different, it was an emotional day when they first took their children, both of whom are disabled to the park, where they were able to access almost all of the equipment.

Dare to be Different worked with South Kesteven District Council officials on the park’s design throughout the development process,

Group chairman Laura said: “The completed park is a triumph with as wide a range of equipment as the budget could allow.”

“The brief that we all worked towards was that the play area should incorporate play equipment that children with disabilities could access and enjoy playing alongside their peers, so that children of all varying ages and abilities could play together.

“A visit to a play park should be part of everybody’s childhood memories.”

The refurbished park includes a swing seat with a supported back rest and a roundabout which can take a wheel chair.

The project was funded by more than £50,000 from developer contributions from Larkfleet Homes schemes at the Old Laundry site, the Old Rainbow site and the Raymond Mays Garage site.

Community leisure officer for South Kesteven District Council Phil Jordan said: “This project fits in superbly with the council’s priority to promote active lifestyles allowing children of all ages and abilities to play together, have lots of fun and make new friends.

“It’s great to see developer contributions used in such a positive way for the benefit of the community.

“The new equipment and general improvements have given the area a real lift and it is fantastic to see so many young people using the playgrounds.”

Dare to be Different meet at Bourne Children’s Centre in Queens Road the first Wednesday of the month from 10am to midday. The next meeting is on October 2.