New Play Area for Radnor Park
A new play area is being created at Folkestone’s Radnor Park, and is expected to open in time for the summer holidays.
The new equipment will be located next to the recently opened Radnor Park Tea Room and close to the park’s Victorian water fountain, which is under restoration. To reflect its close proximity to Folkestone Central railway station, the play area will include a railway themed zone for toddlers, with a climbing train and carriages, a tunnel, tracks, turntable roundabout and a station. There will also be a raised hill with places for scrambling, perching and climbing, a 6 meter high net pyramid and 20 meter long zip line.
The play area’s total cost is around £400,000, with a considerable part of the fundraising having been being coordinated by the Radnor Park Community Group, with contributions of £50,000 from Shepway District Council’s Community Chest Grant and £55,000 from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust. The community group is part of a partnership between Shepway District Council, Folkestone Town Council, Folkestone Parks and Pleasure Ground Charities and East Kent College. A major contribution also came from Pentland Homes, whose development of 130 new houses at nearby Scholars Village includes its own on-site play area.
Speaking on behalf of RDHCT, Trevor Minter said: “Trustees are pleased to be able to help improve amenities for children and families in this central location in Folkestone. Developing sport and recreation are key priorities for Trustees, who have made significant donations towards building and equipping over twenty play areas and recreation grounds in the area, as well as more substantial projects at Three Hills Sports Park and the Urban Sports Park, which will open next year.”