Eyke’s new play area was officially opened last week - just in time for the May bank holiday.
Suffolk Coastal contributed to the development of the play area with funding from its Capital Grant Programme, Outdoor Playing Space Fund and Enabling Communities Budget.
The total cost for the project was £24,125 with £8,489 coming from the Outdoor Playing Space Fund, £3,234 through the Capital Grant Programme and a further £3,150 from previous Suffolk Coastal Councillor Jane Marson’s Enabling Communities Budget.
The play area was officially opened by Suffolk Coastal MP, Dr Therese Coffey and school children from Eyke Primary School were on hand to test out the new equipment.
Cllr Ray Herring, Leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council and Ward Member for Orford and Eyke, said:
“I’m very pleased to see that the new play area fits perfectly with its surroundings here in Eyke. I’m delighted that Suffolk Coastal have been able to support the community in making this play area a reality. It’s great benefit to families living here as well as tourists visiting this part of the district.”
John Fleming, Chairman of Eyke Parish Council, said:
“We wanted to create a play area because there wasn’t anything for children to do in the village. I’m a great believer that a village needs four things to keep it alive and that’s a school, a shop, a pub and a play area.
"It’s wonderful that we now have an area dedicated for safe play and it’s a great addition to those who come to visit the area.”