Bevendean playground reopens after parents raise funds for £70k revamp

Posted On 16 Apr 2019 at 10:11 am

l-r Mitchie Alexander, Cllr Dee Simson, Jayne van Rensburg and Claire Jacobs

Bevendean families who spent months fundraising for a new playground saw their hard work pay off when it reopened last month.

Local mother Jayne Van Rensburg formed the Friends of Farm Green three years ago, when the Farm Green Park playground was missing swings, benches were broken and its roundabout no longer went round.

New swings were installed last summer when the council spent money on six parks across the city.

Meanwhile, the Friends continued fundraising – and a big grant from Veolia, which runs the city’s recycling depots, helped bring the total raised to £70,000.

Last month, a brand new farm-themed playground was opened by Brighton and Hove mayor Dee Simson.

The group’s Chair Mitchie Alexander said: “We are so proud that we have personally made this happen. The local children love their new playground. It’s amazing what we have achieved here.

“There are other playgrounds in our city that are also in a bad state and one of my aims as a Green Party councillor candidate is to work with other community groups to give other playgrounds similar treatment.

“It’s amazing what can be accomplished with energy and a will to make life better for the local community.”

The park is being used over the Easter holidays for pop up fun events with skippiong ropes, hoops, bubbles, balls and free tea, cakes and juice. The next one takes place on Thursday from 2pm to 4pm.

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