Transformed play area to be unveiled by Peak’s Mayor

An exciting and challenging activity area for older children is to be officially opened in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens on Sunday, June 19.

The transformation of the old crazy golf area, which includes the installation of state-of-the-art Xerscape fitness equipment, was managed by the Friends of Pavilion Gardens, who secured £49,907 from the National Lottery Community Spaces Fund.

High Peak Borough Council provided £20,000 in Section 106 contributions from developments in the town.

The improvements were carried out by Groundwork UK, who provided advice to the Friends on funding bids and consulted with park users.

The grand reopening featuring fun-packed family activities plus children’s fairground rides will see High Peak Mayor David Lomax officially open the revitalised area at 2pm.

Cllr Anthony McKeown, Executive Members for Community Services, said: “This hugely successful project shows what can be achieved when like-minded organisations work together for the common good.

“I have no doubt that the new equipment will be very well used, helping promote healthy lifestyles and giving young people new opportunities to have fun with their friends while staying out of trouble.”

Friends chairman Trevor Zoppi said it was a great achievement after months of hard work. “The project highlights that local voluntary groups working in partnership with their council can achieve excellent results within local communities,” he added.