It took four mums three years to realise their dream, but when Wellhead Park officially opened on Tuesday October 17th 2017, it marked the end of a long but rewarding journey that finally heralded the much needed play area that the quartet relentlessly campaigned for.
It was Anna Rogers, Lisa Copestake, Paula Brett and Claire Carter, from the town of Bourne, that established the cleverly named Bourne2Play. The local mums believed that the play provision on offer was outdated and in need of a refreshing overhaul. “It was a play area, but it was very old,” commented chairman of the group, Anna, “It really needed an upgrade. We ran charity events, applied for grants and did community projects to raise £135,000.”
The eibe Play team were first approached by Bourne2Play when the group realised that they wanted more natural-looking timber rather than the brightly coloured garish metal they were used to. Working to that brief, and with support from South Kesteven District Council, the eibe design team set about creating something wholly unique, drawing on the history of the site and Bourne Castle in particular, which was destroyed in the mid-17th century.
A bespoke castle-themed unit was subsequently built accompanied by supporting turrets, with a host of other great equipment surrounding it. The £110,000 scheme incorporates A quad Nest Swing, Stand-up Seesaw, Winja unit and Satellite Carousel.
The open day was a roaring success and extremely well-attended by excited youngsters.
“I am very excited to have the play area finished and it looks fab!” concluded Anna.