Community vow to make Outwood Park a better place

New community group, Friends of Outwood Park.'w315a344
New community group, Friends of Outwood Park.'w315a344

A community is working together to clean up their park.

The Friends of Outwood Park aims to reduce litter and dog fouling to make it a nicer place for families to enjoy.

And they have called for more people to roll up their sleeves and take part.

Sarah Ainslie, press officer for the group, said: “Our aim is to improve the park by making the facilities better and making it cleaner and tidy.

“Ultimately we want to encourage more people to use the park.”

The Friends group already has plans to put allotments in the park, off Ledger Lane.

Mrs Ainslie, 40, of Church Lane, said: “At the moment we’re looking at different funding schemes we can access.

“There are a lot that Wakefield Council cannot apply for, but as a community group we can.”

Next Wednesday the Friends are holding a clean up day at the park from 10am to 1pm.

Mrs Ainslie said: “It will be during the school holidays so we want as many people as possible to come along and lend a hand.

“Wakefield Council are providing all the equipment such as litter pickers so people don’t have to worry about bending down or getting their hands dirty.

“It will be a real community effort and we’d love to see some new faces.”

She said everyone was welcome even if they could only spare half an hour.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Communities, said: “We are working closely with the Friends group to improve the park for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“I encourage people to come along, take part and have pride in their local area. Everyone is welcome.”

The next group meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 13, from 7pm at Outwood Memorial Hall.

Everyone is welcome.

To contact the group, visit www.facebook.com and search for ‘Friends of Outwood Park’.