In 2009 Eastfield Play Area on Nidderdale Drive was in a sorry state!
Harrogate Council had no funding to repair or replace broken equipment, and a local Councillor agreed to fundraise to buy new play equipment. Knaresborough Town Council was supportive and gave an initial grant to get the project going, but more funding was needed.
Renaissance Knaresborough has no regular funding as an organisation, but it’s status as a Voluntary Community Organisation allows it to access pots of money not available to Town and Borough Councils. So, with Entrust Certification already in place, Renaissance Knaresborough successfully applied for ‘landfill credit funding’ through Biffa to the tune of £15,000. The local community raised funding of £13,000 and work began immediately.
The new playground was completed and opened in 2011, with bright new fences and new play equipment. And, OK, there is no roundabout, but there are swings, rockers and an amazing multiplay feature.
In 2018 children are still enjoying this lovely play area and Renaissance Knaresborough has successfully maintained Entrust Certification. You never know when you might need extra funding!