Play area cash secured

�85,000 of funding will see Dovedale Park transformed
�85,000 of funding will see Dovedale Park transformed
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A group of youngsters have won a four-year mission to transform a play area.

Ingol Youth Forum has secured £85,000 of funding to develop Dovedale Park in Ingol after problems with anti-social behaviour.

Preston’s Community Gateway Association, who own the land, say they were ‘blown away’ by the groups efforts to refurbish the area, and decided to support the move.

Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust also supported the project.

Beth Lancaster, of the group, said: “This has been a long journey for all of us, especially when you consider some of us were only thirteen when we started the project.

“We are so proud that we are leaving a legacy for generations of young people in Ingol.”

The plan will include new play equipment, outdoor gym, a skate park, nets for ball games, a new central path from Ashbourne Crescent, an agility course, and dog bins.

Jinty Williams, community development officer at Community Gateway Association, said: “It has been a very humbling and rewarding experience working with the Ingol Youth Forum group.

“They are a shining example of what young people can achieve if they have support and are given the opportunity to shine.

“It was their determination and passion that has seen them succeed.”

The group got funding of £50,000 from the Biffa Awards, £30,000 from the Lancashire Environmental Fund, and Lancashire Housing Partnerships Sense of Place Fund.

Iain Mackie, young persons services manager at Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust, said: “These young people never gave up hope of seeing this come true.”