Thank you to all our wonderful supporters!
The creation of a new children’s playground in Aireville Park has begun. Together with Craven District Council, we have raised a total of £160,000 so far, with generous grants and donations from a range of organisations, businesses and individuals.
Yorventure gave a grant of £48,700 to the project for a large selection of play equipment, and focus on the woodland area.
Skipton BID have given a grant of £7,500 to the playground, which will pay for a “Wobbly Sheep” play sculpture and musical play equipment.
Walk For Jodie, set up in memory of Jodie Willsher, has raised almost £5,000, which will pay for the playground sandpit and a bench.
The council has contributed capital funding of £15,810 to the project, along with £52,791 of planning gain, with a further £62,500 of planning gain which will go towards Phase Two of the project.
A zip wire has already been installed at the top end of the park, paid for with £12,000 from Tesco Bags of Help. The Tesco scheme has also given another £4,000 grant to provide a wooden tractor in the play area.
We have received funding from Craven Trust, Tarn Moor Trust, Grandmaster, Skipton Mechanics’ Institute, the Police and Crime Commissioner Fund, and local councillors Chris Harbron, Andy Solloway and John Dawson via their Ward Member Grant.
Several local businesses and members of the community have also been sponsoring or making donations towards the new play area, including local companies Holt Doctors Ltd, J N Bentley, Mewies Solicitors, Peter Watson Ltd and Skipton Self Drive Hire, Keelham Farm Shop, RKB Electrical Ltd, Keelham Farm shop and Walker Foster Solicitors.
Skipton Craven Rotary Club donated £813 for benches in the area. Skipton Rotary Club also raised £1,200 from their bike auction, and own funds for the play area.
Skipton Ukulele Club have also been fundraising for the Friends of Aireville Park and have raised more than £1,000 for the scheme.
Water Street Primary School, Otley Street Nursery and Christ Church School all donated to the play area. Pupils dressed up in Green for the Park
People in Skipton have helped with cake sales, coffee mornings, and cafes, including Trinity Methodist and Skipton Building Society staff.
Work started on Monday, October 8, and contractors have started landscaping the area of the park between the zip wire and the bandstand, in preparation for the new equipment to be installed.