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Local youngsters got a chance to try out the new play equipment at Wesley Playing Fields when Olympic boxing gold medallist James DeGale officially opened it on Sunday, 19 April.

The £60,000 play area, off North Acton Lane, was funded by Ealing Council, who provided £20,000, and the Big Lottery Fund. It is one of 20 projects that have been funded under a £790,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to improve play areas across the borough.

Dozens of excited children explored the area as part of a community fun day hosted by Ealing Council and the Wesley Estate Resident Association. James DeGale officially opened the new play area before sharing some of his Olympic experiences with the crowd.

Enjoying the spring sunshine, children got involved in a number of activities such as an Easter egg hunt, sack races, cheerleading classes and football training with the Brentford FC Community Trust.

At the official opening Council Leader, Councillor Jason Stacey, said: “A lot of hard work had gone into the new play area and I am so pleased to be here to see the local community enjoying it.

“It is so important to provide facilities that encourage young people to be active and social. We have doubled the size of the original play area to include a new adventure trail, climbing wall, and a youth shelter that provides a separate area for teenagers to enjoy.

“Outdoor gym equipment has also been put in and is proving to be very popular with both youngsters and adults from the local area.”


May 1, 2009