Fundraising launched for next phase of new Ilkley Playground

FUNDRAISING is underway for the next phase of the new Ilkley Waterfront Park Playground.

Work has started on the first phase to replace and refurbish the majority of playground equipment after Bradford Council committed £150,000 to the project.

Now the Friends of Ilkley Riverside Parks are raising funds to add a giant swing and a new climbing structure to the design. The new ‘WharfeWave’ rope swing and ‘Ilkley Moor Climb’ tower will provide more varied play opportunities for older children which the playground currently lacks.

The Friends of Ilkley Riverside Parks are inviting sponsors, individuals, schools and local groups to help raise £90,000 to cover Phases Two and Three of the work, including the WharfeWave swing and Ilkley Moor Climb tower.

Sponsors can expect logos on permanent pitch signage, social media acknowledgments, media coverage, and for contributions over £5,000 you will be part of the launch event when the new playground is completed later this year.

Pauline Munro, Vice President of Friends of Ilkley Riverside Parks, said: “In an overcrowded and busy world dominated by media and screen time, children need to play in a safe space that puts them challenged as they grow. Play is a dynamic, active and integral part of children’s growth and development, and is the foundation of all learning in our lives. With work underway on Phase 1 of the renovations, we have the opportunity to build on this momentum to make Ilkley Playground a truly fantastic play space.

Friends of Ilkley Riverside Parks are also seeking donations for bespoke entrance arches for the play area. The play area is also in desperate need of new benches and seating around the play area for picnics and recreational breaks. If you are able to help with donations of materials, skills, or funding, please contact them.

As part of the work, 12 new trees will be planted on the south and west sides of the playground, helping to improve the environment, providing shade for visitors and habitat for wildlife, and reducing the wind through the playground on windy days. The alders, birches and cherry trees will be a lovely feature of the park for years to come and you can sponsor a tree for £150 per tree.

If you would like to contact Friends of Ilkley Riverside Parks to help with the fundraising initiative, you will find them at the Ilkley Real Food Market on Sunday 6th March.

For more details, visit https://www.friends-of-ilkley-riverside-parks.com to download a sponsorship pack, or email [email protected]

Individuals can also donate via JustGiving at www.justgiving.com/foirpuk or by text message (maximum donation £20, text the word PARKS to 70085).

Harold B. McConnell