Families gathered at Bulverhythe recreation ground on Saturday (25 February) for the grand opening of Sophie’s Play Space Combe Valley, a new play park on the recreational fields in Combe Valley, St Leonards on Bexhill Road.
The idea for the play park was conceived by the Bexleigh, Hythe, Abbey Residents Association (BHARA). BHARA formed in 2013 to address issues affecting the local community with an aim to make improvements to the neighbourhood.
BHARA teamed up with Hastings Borough Council’s Play Hastings and Parks teams who secured funding from many organisations including the Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund, Tesco Bags of Help, Hastings Borough Council, The Foreshore Trust, Hastings Borough Council’s Small Grant Funding, Jag Community Safety Funding, The Lions Club, Police Property Act Fund, Hastings Round Table and Hastings Direct.
“Better play provision in this area was identified at Neighbourhood Watch meetings in 2012 and since then the local community and partners led by BHARA have made it happen”, said Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for play.
“It’s really great news that this play space is now open and ready for all to use. Our thanks must go to all partners, council staff and our contractors Eibe play and Hastings & Bexhill Wood Recycling Project. We encourage everyone in the area to go along and make use of all the fantastic play equipment” she added.
Secretary of BHARA, Delia Spears commented: “We are so grateful to our community and all the funders that have made this dream a reality. Well done to all the play project team for their hard work and persistence. This play space has taken four years to achieve and is the first of our many community projects”.