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Play area latest success for North Ormesby Big Local

A new state-of-the-art play area is the latest stage in the transformation of a key Middlesbrough community.

The official launch of Pavilion Pines marked the culmination of three years' hard work by the volunteers, staff and partners of the £1 million North Ormesby Big Local project.

Local children played a key role in creating a much-needed family resource on the site of the former North Ormesby Pavilion.

The derelict land has been transformed into a much needed provision for families as part of a ten-year, £200 million National Lottery Community Fund drive to enable local communities to identify the priorities that matter to them and take positive action.

The landscaped Esk Street facility consists of swings, slides, climbing frames and other play equipment and cost £120,000 to design and install.

An application to the Empower Middlesbrough Community Action Fund was also successful, enabling the purchase of materials to build bird boxes, and a range of bikes to allow all children to use the play area's cycle track and to take part in a cycle proficiency programme, learning vital road safety skills.

Planters, seeds and children's gardening tools will also be bought to promote awareness of sustainable living, enhance and care for the local environment and grow healthy food.

Further funding applications are in the pipeline, with residents keen to see additional play equipment installed on the site.

Rev Dominic Black, Vicar of North Ormesby and Chair of the North Ormesby Big Local Partnership said: "There is much more to building a park than we realised at the outset, and we have certainly learned a great deal along the way.

"A piece of wasteland has been transformed into a lovely place to play, and it is particularly pleasing that local children have played a key role in taking their own design from drawing to reality.

"I have no doubt families will continue to use the park for many years to come." 

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston joined newly elected ward member Cllr Ashley Waters and a members of the local community for a special launch event.

Cllr Waters said: "Pavilion Pines is a shining example of how the best ideas for improving community life come from the residents themselves, and in this case our young people.

"This fantastic facility will be valued by families, and is a great boost to the whole area.

"It's another success story for the Big Local programme which will continue to make a real and lasting difference to this important community for many years to come."

For more information on Big Local, visit their website.

  Pictured: (left image) Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston (third left) and North Ormesby ward Cllr Ashley Waters (third right) join members of the local community for the launch of Pavilion Pines play area; (right image) Activities and entertainment for the whole community at the Pavilion Pines launch event