RESIDENTS of Kingsley are celebrating the opening of a new path and outdoor gym at the local playing field thanks to a £50,000 funding boost from grant-giving body WREN.
The facility is now open after being launched officially by WREN panel representative and Cheshire West and Chester councillor Eleanor Johnson, at an open day at the site off Westbrook Road.
The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, has provided improved access with a new path around the playing field as well as a new outdoor gym with equipment including a cross trainer, treadmill, shoulder press and spinning bike.
There is also a new seating area, with two picnic tables donated by local chicken factory, Forrester’s. Other donations to the project were received by Cheshire West and Chester’s member budgets award Scheme and lottery fund, Awards for All.
Cllr Claire Jones of Kingsley Parish Council said: “These new recreational facilities in the village are going to make a real difference to our local community.
“As a council we are committed to encouraging the health and well-being of people living here and we’ve already seen people with a broad range of ages and abilities making use of the path and gym. We are extremely grateful to WREN for providing funding as we would not have been able to go ahead without its support.”
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Local community charity, Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside worked closely with the parish council on the project.